Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2020
Silver Medal Prize Winner
Category: Wirework and Chainmaille
Star of Night
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2019
Bronze Medal Winner
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Åsele / South Lappland, Sweden
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Everything, everywhere: forests, mountains, nature, life events, my family, country life. We live in a small community of about 3,000 people. It all started when, after living 15 years in Stockholm, we decided that too much stress made this big city way of life not worth living. When I had little accident, it was there and then we turned around our life. We moved to Northern Sweden. Here I discovered milk quartz and created my first series of necklaces. After I had done wire wrap for a while, I tried weaving. I've been doing wire weaving about a year now, so I'm still at the beginner's stage. My jewelry can be bought via Facebook, Instagram or my web shop.
What medium do you work with mostly?
When I started with wire wrap, I noticed you can make such beautiful and simple jewelry with gemstones and wire. Now, I love to make wire weave.
Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
I have not taken a course or read any books on wire weave, or about making jewelry. When I said three years ago to my acquaintance Juvelen that I should start making jewelry, he exclaimed, "You do not know how!" I laughed and said I will figure it out. When you are confident and know you want something so much, you can accomplish a lot.
Where and how do you sell your jewelry?
I have Facebook, Instagram and my webshop: http://Aunes-gemstone.ecrater.com
What inspired this design?
I had these gems for a while and I was determined to do something with them. And then came the idea to make these three as a set. Sometimes I get an idea and can see the design without even having sketched it, and so it was with these. They were already ready before I had to think about them.
How did it come together?
We have long winters in Northern Sweden, and it is known for its beautiful Northern Lights in the sky. They can have shades of color from purple to yellow, and the gemstones I have--amethyst, pyrite and labradorite with a lovely blue-green shine--produce the same effect, resulting in the name "Star of Night."