With a decade of 3-D design experience in New York, Asia, Europe and South America (and a background in philosophy and painting), Lena Skadegard has traveled in search of the unexpected, identifying new notions of beauty and preciousness. Dividing her time between three continents, her collections reflect and synthesize place, history, faith and landscape while emphasizing the preciousness of organic, raw materials.
Raised visiting the Kashmiri Himalayas and the Danish north coast at holidays, a combined background, appreciation of the wild landscape and the aesthetics of diverse cultures inform her sensibility, while continued travel sustains her curiosity and keeps materials, textures & palettes intriguing.
No two pieces are identical - every gem, stone, fossil and shell leads to a different exploration according to inherent qualities, encouraging unexpected friendships. Simple settings emphasize the natural elegance of a polished North Sea fossil while delicate gems are paired with robust nylon cord tied according to Pacific Island tying traditions.
Pieces combine or stand alone: layered strands of tumbled Afghani tourmalines evoke royal opulence while a humble wooden pendant from Vermont's forests draws the eye and imagination to its evocative, unpresuming charm.
Most gems are set to kiss the skin - according to many traditions this activates protective properties of the stones. Each finished group is blessed & immersed in rose & marigold petals, pomegranates, fruit, incense and holy water, intended to bring joyful energy to the wearer.
Read Lena Skadegard's interview.