Getting to Know LENA SKADEGARD

Lena Skadegard Jewelry Winter
Lena Skadegard is a world traveler whose painterly sense of color and simple design make her one of a kind jewelry pieces incredibly wearable.
SB:  Describe the first piece of jewelry you made that you were proud of.
LS:  Two emerald 22k pinky rings – I never take them off!
SB:  Was there a turning point in your life that led you to jewelry design?
LS:  Taking a year off from work with cottage industry textiles to learn off grid sustainable agriculture on the Big Island (Hawaii) for 6 months  – in a wonderfully circuitous way – living in a screen hut in the jungle & working on a farm led me to jewelry & India &  – but it’s a loooong story – it simply delivered me to the next creative endeavor.SB:  Who is a fellow jewelry designer that you admire?  Why?
LS:  Lou Zeldis, who sadly passed away. His humanity & talent.SB:  Name 5 things that you could not live without.
LS:  Good reading, black tea, handmade leather riding boots, the Danish silver & gold ring that my sister gave me (I always wear it when I need a bit of courage), and absolutely my fiance’s voice  – he’s an amazing composer & folk singer.SB:  What other career would you pursue if you did not design jewelry?
LS:  Definitely painting – my first love.SB:  Is there a piece that you sold that you wish you had kept for yourself?
LS:  I have kept them for myself! I’m always nicking pieces from the collection.
SB:  Describe a dream design that you haven’t made yet.
LS:   …Still on the drawing board….but definitely inspired by the Native American squash blossom necklace.
SB: Finish this statement: When I’m not making/designing jewelry, I am…
LS:  Walking – usually in Hyde Park or Lodhi Gardens – imagining the next collection.SB:  What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date?
LS:  Oh all of the little endeavors that lead to the big ones…SB:  Name your most treasured possession.
LS:  My fathers gold signet ring- it has my parents initials R & J beautifully & ornately engraved.SB:  What is your motto?
LS:  Tea keeps you fit! (actually  from a vintage poster I found in India :)SB:  Who is a historical figure that you identify with and why?
LS:  My best friend Mara – she will be a historical figure one day. Beyond that – there are many & all are strong women

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