Karin Troy has been living in West Africa, and collaborating with local artisans for nearly 20 years. During this time Karin has enjoyed immersing herself in the art, culture, textiles and literature of the numerous West African countries that she has called home. Raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest corner of the United States, Karin’s creativity and appreciation for art, was influenced and encouraged by her artistic mother. In addition to the United States, Karin has lived in Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, France, Dubai, and Nigeria.
Inspired by African shapes, textures and traditional techniques, Karin began designing elegant “wearable art” which sits perfectly between artifact and bespoke luxury jewelry. Her Koromuso signature, which means “Elder Sister” in Bambara, grew out of years of working with local artisans who skillfully hand craft her designs using traditional techniques. Karin uses materials such as brass, silver, gold, stones, and wood, which are locally and sustainably sourced. She has supported her artisans and their communities through direct investment and development projects with an emphasis on empowering and improving the lives of women and children.
Koromuso has exhibited at select museums and galleries in the United States, Nigeria, and South Africa.