Icelandic driftwood and black silk thread
Approx 38 cm long (48 including silk thread)
1 in stock
Helga Mogensen: Stacked pendant is a beautiful arrangement of Icelandic driftwood. Characteristic of her style, it is a proper neck-piece ornament. She selects her pieces carefully before making sketches and then finalising a striking design. For this jewel, the black thread links the pieces and then trails informally and generously below. Mogensen considers the thread, which creates a link between the driftwood pieces, to represent a human connection.
Helga loves the freedom to be creative with minimal resources. Yet she applies the maximum skill in composing materials into objects to wear, or even as wall pieces. The different scales of work, varying from earrings to brooches, to large scale neck-pieces bring different challenges. She has been working with a variety of materials such as silver, steel, copper, brass, driftwood and fish skin. Currently, she is using driftwood in combination with thread and sterling silver.
About the artist
Born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland, Helga Mogensen studied at technical college in Iceland. She then went on to graduate in 2007 with a first class honours in jewellery and silversmithing from Edinburgh College of Art. Helga is one of our selected GroundJewels makers alongside Judy McCaig, who it so happens taught her at Edinburgh. Now living back in Reykjavik, she has returned to her roots to make work all about her local environment and culture. Her main focus in her art work is using her personal experience in life.