Kathy Bonte is a Mountain View, CA designer, maker, educator and entrepreneur who loves the challenge of turning reclaimed materials into fashionable objects. With a BFA from Syracuse University and several decades of Art Direction and Graphic Design under her belt, she launched Yellow Rose in the fall of 2016 and happily applies her eco-alchemy to a variety of materials, including up-cycled plastic or metal, cast-off zippers, hardware store treasures and a plethora of leather and textile swatches discarded by the interior design community. From casual easy-to-wear pendants and wrap bracelets to statement necklaces and cuffs, her lightweight handcrafted pieces juxtapose a feminine sensibility with a bold, modern edge.
Her work has been featured at several Bay Area artisan and holiday fairs and is currently on sale at Shady Lane Gallery in Menlo Park, CA, and Present in downtown Los Altos.
When she is not punching, piercing, painting, stenciling and embossing her found materials into submission in her Mountain View studio (aka. her guest room) Kathy enjoys inspiring the next generation of artists and makers through her 3DKids Academy program in Bay Area schools. (www.3DKids.academy)
She is also an enthusiastic supporter and volunteer at the Silicon Valley non-profit Fabmo, which collects and redistributes discarded designer materials and is immensely grateful to them for supplying much of the material she uses in her creations.