Kirsten Sonne

Kirsten Sonne is a great recycler of simple materials to make fantastic jewellery design statements. Not for the faint-hearted, her jewels are not only individual but very striking. Sometimes they are really extrovert, enabling you to transform your look from ordinary to extraordinary.

Kirsten Sonne necklace
Kirsten Sonne “Fly-away’ statement necklace

I aim to create humorous and elegant decorations for the body, for fabulous and courageous people of all ages. There are no limits.

Kirsten Sonne

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In the 1990s Kirsten started working with scrap materials. At first she used exclusively metal, then wood, plastic, rubber, bone, horn, electronic gadgets. Whatever she could find was possible. All her works are handmade and therefore one-offs. Her inspiration often comes from the material she works with, or the subject matter. She is also keen on fashion, street art, other jewellery, modern as well as antique and ethnic. Charismatic personalities, books and fine art all attract and inspire her.

Since I graduated from Danish Design School, I worked as graphic designer. I did non-commercial graphic design (book covers, leaflets, posters, cd-covers etc) from my studio in central Copenhagen. I love my profession, but the computer changed the way of working . There were no more brushes, pencils, paper, ink . I slowly started missing the connection with the materials and working with my hands.

Kirsten Sonne
A selection of Kirsten’s jewels on show at GroundWork

Variety and individuality

Now, she recycles everything to make her highly individual and artistic jewels. Her work has guaranteed variety and individuality – no one piece is exactly the same as any other. She has her own shop in Copenhagen. She also sells in art galleries and contemporary jewellery shops in Denmark in London and increasingly internationally. From a recent interview on the cult design resource HomoFaber, she says:

Jewellery has always been a passion for me. Having my own studio that doubles as a shop allowed me to concentrate fully on the craft. Scrap pieces have always interested me, I made scrap collages at design school. Finally, I ended up combining my two passions.
One of Kirsten’s necklaces made with papier maché made from Japanese newspapers

Kirsten has exhibited at GroundWork Gallery since we opened in 2016, creating new pieces each season. She says she is inspired by the work of the other artists and the themes we explore.

Blocks bracelet by Kirsten Sonne