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 modern architecture, surface pattern, textile design, and geometric abstraction. 

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

Kristy studied Jewelry and Metals, at the Alberta University of the Arts, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with distinction, in 2006.

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