About the Artist

Kitty Bonde grew up with a crafty, talented mother in Hamburg, Germany until she was 9 years old, then emigrated to the Chicago area with her family. Kitty formed her own craft business in Madison, Wisconsin in 2016 after facing health challenges that were best healed by doing art. With an initial focus on upcycling fibers into unique wearable creations, Kitty began to work with copper and gemstones, making jewelry, dangles, and garden art after moving to South Park Valley in Colorado in 2017.  Now back in Madison since 2019, Alpine Violet focuses on using found materials to create wearable and decorative art inspired by nature.