The Purple Raven Boutique

About: Necklaces, bracelets, pendants, pins and earrings made using wire knitting and weaving techniques
Available At: 16 Mercer Street, Bell Island
Tel: 709-769-8163

Katherine Walters started Purple Raven in 2016 because she wanted a job that she didn’t need a vacation from. She had always dabbled in craft and creative pursuits, (she knit even when it wasn’t cool!) and started making jewelry in 2011.  Purple Raven Boutique combines the love of jewelry with knitting – with wire.

Purple Raven Boutique sells gorgeous, all-gender jewelry. Katherine hand knits the pieces using a Viking wire knitting technique:  she weaves the wire over a small wooden dowel and creates incredible and intricate pieces.

To see Katherine’s hands in action is to see something special.  The curious and the interested are welcome to see it live at Katherine’s studio on Bell Island. Kids on a camp field trip were fascinated by the work at their visit to the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation when Katherine was working there, and Katherine enjoyed seeing their eyes open to career paths where people can work with their hands, make a living, and love what they do.

An affirmed localist, Katherine says “When you support local, you’re supporting someone who lives here, buys groceries here, and goes to movies here. You’re supporting the local economy.”  In the case of Purple Raven, you’re also buying an incredibly unique item, handmade, and made to last.  The Purple Raven Boutique is very proud to have been part of the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, and gives back to the community by donating works to fundraisers like St. John’s Pride.

The Purple Raven has big dreams for the future. On an individual scale, she wants to grow her business, set sustainable quotas, and continue to make pieces that people love. On a larger scale, Katherine wants to see more infrastructure for a business model to support craftspeople, and more places like the Quidi Vidi Plantation.

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