Andrea Ellen crafts jewelry inspired by the uniquely powerful colors, textures and materials of Iceland. But it was not always this way…
Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in vast prairies of the American Midwest, Andrea’s interest in jewelry making began at age 15 with a job in a Kansas bead shop. Over the subsequent decade, Andrea’s love of her hobby deepened along with her skill, as she pursued coursework in silversmithing and glass fusing both in Kansas and the lush mountain state of Oregon.
During post-baccalaureate studies in Denmark, Andrea became fascinated with the sleek, clean jewelry designs found in Copenhagen goldsmitheries, boutiques and galleries. On her return to Oregon, Andrea began incorporating Danish concepts into her own work, developing a small word-of-mouth business from initial sales to family and friends.
In 2008, Andrea unwittingly participated in a long-standing Viking tradition when she found herself swept across the ocean by a tall man from Reykjavik and relocated to this misty, wind-scrubbed island of elves, trolls and – some say – the fiery mouth of Hell.
Andrea now sells her unique designs at Reykjavik’s popular Kolaportið market, where she has sold her jewelry to visitors from all seven continents of the world -- from NASA scientists to famous rock stars, North Korean government officials to entrepreneurial wunderkinds. Her jewelry is also available through various retailers in Iceland, Greenland and Canada.
Says Andrea, “I am grateful that people connect with my work. These individuals afford me the freedom to continue being creative, and I love that I get to continue working in this field.”
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