Welcome to The Awakening Northern Forest.
This is The Story.
Walking through a quiet and damp pine forest is very calming. Birds singing and wind whistling through the trees bring life into the quiet. The rich damp smell of moss, sap and pine needles fill the senses. To meet an elusive rabbit or fox walking through the same forest is always a touching experience.
Regardless of the time we spend in cities, our connection to nature is always there. I create abstract animal pendants and other jewelry inspired by nordic nature and its rough simplicity. I want to show the beauty of nature through its unique shapes
For a very long time I struggled with what would be my own style. I started out drawing and briefly worked with clay in my early teens. But for a long time I just wasn’t inspired. In 2012, I moved to the Netherlands. There, I found how much I missed Finnish nature. The wild, vast and quiet Nordic landscape was something I wanted to bring into my crafting. One day the design for the fox popped into my head and when I made it, it just felt right.
I believe nature is perfect as it is – just what it needs to be without embellishment. Animals carry their beauty with grace, not pride. That idea made me want to find out animal and natural shapes at their most basic. They should be recognized without placing any character on them. They retain their uniqueness and mystery, just like any person, even when stripped of every outer characteristic.
I found polymer clay first in 2005, making earrings for my stretched lobes. I fell in love with the ability to experiment new styles and techniques quickly. It is also very light, durable and colorful, compared to stone clay. It won’t break if dropped and is completely waterproof. It makes it wonderfully easy to create rough, three dimensional sketches that can be finished by sanding and buffing.