Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Norwegian Handmade Delights
Time machine in a jewellery box
Sun necklace in oxidised silver.
Karianne Gundersen is Norwegian but started out as a student at Stenebyskolan in Dals Långed, Sweden. She learnt the art of jewellery making, based on old traditional Viking techniques that originate from the period between 800 and 1100 CE. By Cathrine Løvaas | Photos: Jeanette Carlsen
Gundersen’s jewellery is made in silver and bronze. The handmade rings that the pieces are made of are thread together, one by one, until they form an even pattern. For the jewellery to be correlated, there must be a correct relationship between the thread thickness, the ring size and the pattern. It takes time; everything is done by hand and she finds great pleasure in the meditative craft. The jewellery maker works with six different link types and, using the old techniques, she creates new types of earrings, bracelets and necklaces for both men and women. “The aim is to take the tradition into the future, to make new types of jewellery based on the old methods,” she says. The small pieces of art she creates certainly have a timeless feel.
You can find the pieces on Gundersen’s website and the jewellery has also been for sale at the Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy, Oslo, since the summer of 2013, with great success. The museum is one of the most visited museums in Norway, welcoming tourists from around the world. In December 2014, Gundersen had an idea to create a knitting pattern, inspired by what is called the kings braid link. The pattern became approved with design registration as an ornament – called ViKing by Karianne – in 2015 and is registered in the US, the EU, and Switzerland. For more information, please visit: www.karianneg.com
Silver rose – link and chainmail bracelet.