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I work with abandoned objects and transform them into unique jewelry pieces. Within my series, Resilience to Forgive, I design wearable art to explore unexpected forms of beauty. My goal is to inspire and encourage people to forgive themselves for not looking flawless, or for buying into the unrealistic standards of the beauty industry. Forgiveness is a journey toward finding our inner beauty. My artwork focuses on this tension between what we are told is beautiful and the authentic beauty we know is within us. My jewelry is a vehicle to challenge viewers to rediscover that inner beauty, despite the media’s unrealistic expectations.

I manipulate used bicycle inner tubes, paper shreds, old newspapers or magazines, bullet-shells, and other cast-off materials to create jewelry compositions that explore new visions of beauty. I take what is traditionally seen as abandoned and repurpose it. I know we as individuals need to rethink the way we look at our own unique or unusual beauty. This series investigates ideas around my journey of forgiving myself, especially when faced with the constant bombardment of unrealistic beauty images in the media and through advertising.

My inspiration grows out of my undergraduate study of psychology at USC, where I learned to question the authenticity of images found in social media and magazines. These advertised beauty standards are misleading. My goal as an artist is to inspire forgiveness within a society that values superficiality. Rather than waiting for unrealistic beauty standards to change, it is my hope that, with this artwork, viewers can see the diverse beauty of non-traditional materials and realize the beauty within their own diversity. Ultimately, we can forgive ourselves and accept ourselves as we are.

Katie DeYoung was born on February 28, 1991, in Newport Beach, CA. In 1997, she created advanced friendship bracelets out of embroidery strings. To continue with her passion for art, she enrolled in drawing and painting classes outside of school. In the spring of 2010, she was recruited to run cross-country for the University of Southern California (USC). In the fall, she started her first semester of college studying psychology and being a full-time student-athlete. Fortunately, in her junior year of college, she was able to fit a ceramics class into her schedule and her vase was accepted into the student-athlete art show, Artletics. It was her favorite class in college.

She graduated from USC with a psychology degree in 2014 and moved to San Francisco. She liked her behavioral therapist job but had a desire to study jewelry. In May 2016, she attended Revere Academy. At Revere, she learned the basic technical and business skills that are important to know as a successful jeweler. Ideally, she wanted to further her education in the metal arts field. She started her first semester at the Academy of Art University in the fall of 2016. In 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 her collections were presented in the Spring Show. She finished her series Resilience to Forgive and earned her MFA, in the fall of 2019. Currently, she is an art instructor to adults with special needs and continuing her art practice.


2019                            MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2016                            Jewelry Technician Diploma, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, SF, CA

2014                            BA Psychology, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA


2019                            2nd Place MFA Spring Show Academy of Art University (Jewelry & Metal Arts)

Group Exhibitions

2020                            City Art Cooperative Gallery

September Show; Sep 04- Sep 27 2020

2020                            “Art of Detritus: Recycling with Imagination”: A Virtual Show Exhibition

April 21–May 21, 2020

2019                              JEM: A Timeline exhibit at the Atelier Gallery, Academy of Art University

2019                              Textures Exhibit, Kavanaugh Gallery, St. Charles, IL    Jul. 12 - Aug. 9, 2019

2017 - 2019                  Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA     May/Jun

2013                              USC Artletics Showcase, University of Southern California, Los Angeles,  CA


2020                              City Art Cooperative Gallery

2020                               “Art of Detritus: Recycling with Imagination”

2019                                Textures Exhibit, Kavanaugh Gallery

2013                                 Artletics Showcase at USC


Teaching Experience

2020                                 Art Instructor/Direct Service Professional

The Arc San Francisco: ArtReach Studios, Daly City, CA


Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.