Meet The Face Behind

MARMALADE DESIGNS

A BRIKA maker story

Kate Singer

TORONTO, ON
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“I personally have always enjoyed the act of seeing my ideas come to life.”

“I firmly believe that if you can trace the origin of something, jewelry or otherwise, it will have more meaning to you.”


“I believe in local manufacturing and keeping skills alive in our community.”


“I firmly believe that if you can trace the origin of something, jewelry or otherwise, it will have more meaning to you.”


Marmalade is a jewelry company run by owner/maker Kate Singer out of her studio in downtown Toronto, Canada. Kate has been working alongside her husband Dave (photographer, boothbuilder, general task-doer, co-parent), and their 2 children Amelia and Ari (the inspiration!) to continuously grow her business, and develop a uniquely personal, well-crafted jewelry line. All of the jewellery is locally made in her studio, which allows her to offer a wide assortment of designs and imagery.


Marmalade Designs takes pride in using local production for its casting needs, and employs graduates from a local Jewelry Arts program. They focus on outsourcing to local craftspeople whenever possible and keep a strong emphasis on keeping the handmade processes thriving in their local economy. Each piece is made to be very personal, and with the understanding that wearer develops a strong connection with the piece. The sterling silver and bronze materials ensure a lasting product, and one that will continue to grow richer with age.

How did you start your company?

My company started when I returned from a stint teaching English in Korea, and had a month to burn in my parent’s basement.  I began to make pendants out of glass and fabric, travelled to folk festivals, and eventually began selling these necklaces at boutiques across Canada.

What is your design background?

I am largely self-taught, as most of the processes I used are developed out of experimentation, and a desire to make something new and different. I learned the basics of silversmithing at George Brown College.

Who or what inspires you to do the work that you do?

Honestly these days I’m most inspired by other talented makers– they make this little world an endlessly fun and exciting place to work in.  And of course, my kiddos, who have taught me about patience and cultivating something worthwhile through hard work. I am so thankful for that.

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