Kristy Carlyle pursues her jewelry practice through explorations of alternative and nontraditional materials, in addition to, her examination and experimentation with unconventional jewelry processes. Her work is strongly influenced by minimalism, modern architecture, surface pattern, textile design, and geometric abstraction. 

In 2017, she discovered her love of coloured metals - and through the exploration of metal plating, enamel painting and powder coating techniques, BLACK BAR CREATIVE STUDIO was created.

Kristy studied Jewelry and Metals, at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2006 - where she received, and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts, with distinction. 

She currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with her partner Kyle, and son Cash.  Kristy creates her BLACK BAR CREATIVE STUDIO line out of her SW jewelry studio.