Tell us about your time at Edinburgh College of Art.
I ended up at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) because I was searching for jewellery education outside of Iceland. I guess location had a lot to do with it in terms of distance from Iceland, and Edinburgh also has this magnetism to it. I think the most memorable experience was the people, atmosphere, and just the studying. There was a push to grow, the push to find your own identity in what you are doing, and following through with your ideas.
Tell us about your creative practice
I tend to transform my experiences in daily life to jewellery pieces. I write, draw, paint, and breathe in nature. I love to take walks by the ocean, and to search for shapes, colours or materials that I can transfer into jewellery. This process is necessary for me to connect with my urge to make. It’s an inner drive. I also think that every piece that is made is actually made for a particular person. Sometimes the pieces come up as pictures in my head, I document them in my sketchbook and make the piece when the urge comes. I think this process is just something that I flow into and follow, I listen to my intuition and trust that what I am doing is right at the moment. I love what I do and while the passion is there, I will keep going.
What did you like about ECA?
After coming from abroad and not knowing anyone upon arrival in Edinburgh, I met the most amazing group of people that I still keep in touch with. The jewellery department was like a little family, with fantastic tutors who were active in their own careers as makers. Their insight really enhanced the educational experience. It was fantastic because of the learning, both in an educational sense and also growing up as a person.