For the Love of Art
Minimalist artist Kristy Turney of Scandinavia Wolf Designs' latest collection of art, home décor and jewelry 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 artwork, such as her ‘Jewelry for Your Walls’ which combines the symmetry of a perfect circle that is contrasted by a fallen branch, often twisted or asymmetrical and incorporating accents with gemstones, wool and leather, or her reclaimed wood wall sculptures that are hand worked, hand sanded and oiled to bring out their beautiful natural dimensions and movement. Also her acrylic paintings with yarn details, reclaimed wood decor ladders, tiered blanket/towel swings and her jewelry collection of handmade earrings, necklaces and bracelets using natural pearls, reclaimed wood, precious metals, gemstones and repurposed leather.
Turney’s inspiration behind her 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. My artwork, home decor and jewelry are all 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,” she says. Turney is interested in the Hygge concept, recognizing something that had previously been more subconscious and now embraces it more consciously, particularly because of her own Scandinavian descent.
Turney has been casually creating art, jewelry and designing since she was young. Around 2014 she launched Scandinavia Wolf Designs, facilitating her current focused and dedicated artistic experience. She moved with her husband from Vancouver to Squamish in 2016 where she opened her Art, home décor and jewelry 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 some media attention from Westender Van, Vitamin Daily, Whistler Pique and The Squamish Chief. Her jewelry has been on multiple T.V. shows, she also created a custom collection for celebrity Chef Vikram Vij. She has been involved in art shows in Vancouver, Whistler and Squamish and is part of the 2019 Craft Council of BC earring show, as well as Western Living Designers of the Year Finalist 2019 in the Maker Category.
When you own a piece of Scandinavia Wolf a positive energy comes with it.