Swedish-designer Ekaterina Sisfontes created SisKa Design in 2000, after realising her passion while taking jewellery-making evening classes. Ekaterina is a minimalist designer, inspired by the architecture and ascetic of Swedish culture, with a firm belief that ‘less is more’.
Popular and well-known, SisKa Design has taken part in competitions, featured in countries around the world and is regularly seen in the National Museum of Sweden. Ekaterina focuses on proportion, comfort and security, so her pieces are of high quality, exquisite design and her customers feel confident and satisfied with their jewellery.
How did your brand begin?
In 2000, I became the second runner up in Swedish jeweller competition DesignForum and decided to continue developing new forms of jewellery. I have been travelling around the world exhibiting jewellery items since. Nowadays, I teach design on a university level and hold a patent for a discovery made in the profession.
When did you first fall in love with jewellery and knew you wanted to become a designer?
It was when I had recently moved to Sweden and at 22 years old, I only had a high school education and was a bored housewife. So, I decided to take an evening course in anything. By chance, it was a jewellery course and I realised it was meant for me.
Is there anyone in particular who has heavily influenced/guided you as a designer?
Years of working with repairs for Sweden’s most imminent antique store taught me many professional secrets and introduced me to styles, quality and beauty of jewellery masterpieces. And I am still inspired!
Values are really important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values?
The quality of the items should always be important. It means not just the production but even through trough proportions, comfortability, security of clasps, original idea and style of each of my jewellery pieces.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
I am a minimalist designer. I am inspired by architecture and by Swedish culture.
How is your jewellery made? Are there any specific manufacturing/crafting techniques you use?
Everything is handmade by me in my workshop. I made some discoveries and even patent one. I use a lot of Plexiglas in bright colours and also use the enchant technique of filigree in some of my pieces.
How do you source your materials and gemstones?
Every material I use I buy in professional stores from jewellers in Sweden. That guarantees quality for both me and my customers.
How do you ensure your jewellery is ethical and sustainable?
I use all my professional knowledge to ensure the quality of my items and I am very careful with how everything is produced.
Tell us about some of your most inspiring clients or bespoke commissions.
I’ve been selling my items in many museums around the world and exhibiting as a jewellery artist in many different countries on the highest level. My biggest success was collaborating with the National Museum of Sweden.
Do you work with any charities?
I have been putting some of my jewellery up for auction, in order to help children with cancer.
Are there any celebrities you would love to see wearing your designs?
I don't think it is that important but by coincidence, my jewellery has been worn by a few celebrities, both in Sweden and in Russia.
What has been the highest and lowest point of your career so far?
I hope I will never feel a low point in my career. My greatest achievements are the five designs I made for the National Museum of Sweden as the “Present of the year” item.
If you hadn't become a designer, what would you be doing?
I would have become an artist and to tell the truth, I do make both sculptures and photo exhibitions. So I would definitely continue with an artistic profession.