For the Love of Art
Award winning designer Kristy Turney of Scandinavia Wolf Designs' latest collection of home décor, jewelry and art has a wonderfully calming style that reflects the inherent beauty of Squamish and the west coast. Turney’s natural material creations are omnipresent in her work, such as her one of a kind handmade wood and ceramic wall hangers, decor pieces, jewelry and art.
“I design with materials that will persevere and last for ages like wood, ceramic, metals and stone. I love that the pieces I create are unique, one of a kind creations. When working with wood, ceramic and gemstones I always enjoy letting the material's natural beauty be at the forefront.
When I source wood for my creations I find pleasure in using wood that might normally be discarded from felled trees to off cuts from local carpentry projects and reusing it to make useful, meaningful decor, jewelry and art.
I like my designs to have a good energy flow and how the different natural materials feed off of each other and create beautiful synergies.”
A big inspiration behind Turney’s latest work is Hygge. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. All of her artwork, home decor and jewelry are inspired by this concept.
“Describing my creative process is difficult because it comes from a combination of my own energy and the energy of the materials that I use. To be honest the process is somewhat mysterious even to me until it starts to take shape. I'm learning now that my best work comes about when I'm connecting with the mediums and their energies I'm working with. I am trying my best to stay present and mindful so that I can allow the natural beauty of the materials that I've been drawn to use, to meld together with my own energies.”
Turney has been casually creating art, jewelry and designing since she was young. Her background with interior design and fashion school all played a role in facilitating her current focused and dedicated artistic experience with her company Scandinavia Wolf Designs which she launched in 2014. She moved with her husband from Vancouver to Squamish in 2016 where she opened her home décor, jewelry and art boutique (Scandinavia Wolf Designs). Turney believes in creating pieces from natural materials and leaving as little impact on the environment as possible. Mother Nature + elbow grease = endless possibilities!
Turney featured her artwork at Studio North in the 2015 IDS West Show and has had media attention from the Westender Van, Vitamin Daily, Whistler Pique and The Squamish Chief. Her jewelry has been on multiple TV shows. She also created a custom collection for celebrity Chef Vikram Vij and was a Finalist in the Fashion category for Western Living Magazine’s Designers of the Year 2020 and Winner of Western Living Designer's of the Year in the Maker category 2020.