With a short stint in finance followed by a freelance career in graphic design, Tua Marika is a Finnish jewellery artist that has gone back to school. I found her instagram after a long and hard image search after seeing a stunning photograph online. The picture was of two hands gradually covered in a dark substance similar to sot. On one finger, an industrial-looking silver ring provided contrast. It was simple but to the point, and the great lines and use of colour made the ‘shopper in me happy. Her instagram is full of really amazing photographs displaying the most incredible jewellery. Her background as a graphic designer seems to have in some ways influenced her designs. A couple of years ago, after taking courses on visual arts in New York, she realized that jewellery was her new path and enrolled in design and art school just outside of Helsinki. On her website, she says
“I realized that designing and making jewelry gives me a way to utilize everything I have learned and done in the past. Jewelry design makes me feel like I’ve come home.”
I love the idea of feeling like you’ve come home, that you found something you really and truly belong with. It’s something I aspire to find myself, and in a way it’s nice to know that there are people out there doing sudden shifts in their career paths to create true beauty. When I look at her work, I feel like it’s the work of someone who has done this their whole life. Small batches of her collection will be available in late spring, and I’m so excited to see how it turns out!