Skipping Lilies started as a brother/sister team, resulting from simple inspiration: a convergence of early stained-glass projects (monitored by an energetic Norwegian grandfather), a primal fondness for artistic pursuits and nostalgic jewelry, a biology degree (Kristin) that led her to work in such places as Antarctica & the Amazon Rainforest, & an engineering degree (Eric) to finesse it together.
"We have a love of wild things and wild places, and a desire to exhibit the beauty that exists there. We make jewelry using plant material we’ve collected as our primary design element, and glass as the other component. We explore jewelry as 2-dimensional, finding limitless possibilities for design using nothing but the plants we have scavenged. We see the pendants as tiny canvases – within which we represent spectacularly intricate living things – in simple, but elegant design. The designs play off the color and texture of glass – maintaining the subtle and quiet beauty of the plants and flowers we showcase. Much of what we collect is headed for the mower – tiny flowers and weeds that for most of their lives go completely unnoticed. These same trodden plants take on a life of staggering beauty when given the opportunity to be examined. We hope they encourage a closer look.
My renaissance-man brother stepped away in 2012, to pursue adventures in the world of engineering. Skipping Lilies now operates out of a tiny studio, that for a small portion of the day becomes my apartment.