At the time of its inception, Kindred had been apprenticing under her father, a master goldsmith for two years. In many ways, Artifex is a tribute to him. The collection embodies his idea that jewelry should be both beautiful and durable, seamless and surprising. In other ways, Artifex is a subtle act of defiance. As the daughter of a craftsman, Kindred has always felt deeply connected to the working class society. She specifically chooses to juxtapose the delicate and ethereal pearl, a long-seen symbol of high status, with the industrial curb chain to break the barrier between high and low societies.