Clarissa Knighten

Courageous - Self taught - Jewelry Art Entrepreneur Clarissa Knighten left Corporate America in August 2017 to pursue her business, Rissa’s Artistic Design (R.A.D)R.A.D creates a haven for those who seek to collect and wear bold beautiful art. She strives to handcraft masterpieces of jewelry that range from Earthy to Edgy to Elegant. Leather, cowrie shells, tree branches, rocks, wire, various weights of metal, gemstones even buttons can be found in her work. Each piece has the ability to transform any outfit, while at the same time lifting the emotional expression of the wearer. This creates higher self - image, confidence and savvy attitude needed to navigate the complex and dynamic world we live in today. Her jewelry has a voice and an expressive story of resilience.Clarissa recently participated in her first runway show with Kansas City Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2019, KC Studio Magazine September / October 2018 with the African American Artist Collective, KC Studio Magazine May /June 2018 edition has a photograph of her work for Black Space Black Art, Guild It - Presenter, Global Entrepreneurship Week - Presenter and Vintage KC Magazine advertised her work in the 2016 Holiday addition.She serves on the Friends of the Arts Council at the Nelson Atkins Museum, also is a active member of InterUrban ArtHouse and African American Artist Collective.“I would like to help people understand jewelry is art. Wearable art, art in every form heals.” -Clarissa

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