Finnish designer Heta Anderson studied silversmithing at the Lahti School of Applied Arts in Finland, before honing her unique style as artist-in-residence at Glasgow’s prestigious School of Art.
Her Design is the culmination of Heta’s work as a silversmith for the past 22 years, combining the designer’s admirable technical skills with her sharp eye for a quirky, elegant silhouette.
She designs and handcrafts all pieces herself from her studio in Helsinki. Inspired by nature in all forms, Her Design’s collections are brimming with handcrafted silver and accented with the finest precious gemstones.
When did you fall in love with jewellery?
“I’ve always loved jewellery, but it was in high school that I started making jewellery from materials that were available to me, such as papier-mâché, metal wire, and haberdashery. I used to spend evenings making jewellery and enjoying the process of creating something. I became so interested in jewellery making and specifically goldsmithing that I applied to the Design Institute of Applied Arts in Lahti and started my education in 1995. I’m still on the same path, but I have taken different detours to get where I am now.”
What drove you to start Her Design?
“I wanted to create my own line, because this gives the freedom for personal creativity and independence. I have been a silversmith for 22 years and different experiences from education to work, and from colleagues to my close family have made me who I am as a silversmith.”
"I have been a silversmith for 22 years and different experiences from education to work, and from colleagues to my close family have made me who I am as a silversmith."
How has your childhood influenced you as a designer?
“I grew up in Helsinki, but my parents come from different areas in Finland. Their closeness for their families taught me the importance of family and that one can always rely on their parents. From a young age, I was interested in art & crafts; drawing and singing at the same time was my favourite thing to do as a toddler. My grandparents were close to me and I remember my grandmother teaching me to make local craftwork that were also everyday functional items: I made a traditional container from birch bark. This importance for functionality has stayed with me since childhood and that anything you make should be done to the best of your ability. Any silverware or jewellery I make is functional, I want the items to be wearable and usable not on a shelf to be admired. I also learnt that different backgrounds, surroundings and experiences in life are enriching and that diversity is important, there is no single path in life. You must see and experience life.”
Values are hugely important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values at Her Design?
“Quality, fairness, authenticity. I believe in doing my best in all aspects in life and I expect the same from others. Be fair towards people, and anyone whom I work with or work for. Be authentic, differences are a strength. I believe these do relate to my work and can be seen in my jewellery.”
"I sometimes find inspiration in a specific theme, but I tend to keep an open mind and eye to observe all things around me."
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
“Inspirations can come to me anytime anywhere, very often when I’m out and about, walking and observing the streets, the woods and my surroundings in general. I sometimes find inspiration in a specific theme, but I tend to keep an open mind and eye to observe all things around me. This leads to drawings and prototypes in metal. I do my best work at my workshop, which I share with my friends and colleagues. It’s messy, inspirational, functional and fun. I design and manufacture all jewellery myself; using subcontractors for castings and bullions for findings, but as for the rest, my hands have made the jewellery sold at JewelStreet.com.”
Are there any clients you are most proud of?
“I’m proud of all my clients, as we have connected and I’ve made something lovely for them that they can cherish. The warm smile on each client’s face when they receive their piece makes me happy and makes me want to continue this work.”
"The warm smile on each client’s face when they receive their piece makes me happy and makes me want to continue this work."
How do you want someone to feel when they wear a piece Her Design jewellery?
“I hope they love it and care for it and feel proud wearing something handmade.”
"Creative and professional development is an ongoing process and only gets better with age."
What does the future hold for Her Design?
“Creative and professional development is an ongoing process and only gets better with age. More interesting work and interesting clients, I’m hoping to open a jewellery shop sometime in the future, as direct client contacts make the jewellery design work different and interesting.”