As the global pandemic put my career as a Make-Up Artist on pause, I had the opportunity to reconnect with the things I loved doing but never had time for.
Pottery, painting, knitting, and making jewelry. What began as arts and crafts with my son evolved into a beautiful diversion while staying safe at home. Each piece is wholly unique, made in my little home studio in Los Angeles.
My desire to treat the world and myself a little better is expressed in each handmade piece. A small ode to my artistic childhood mixed with a need to make pretty things people can enjoy.
Karo Koru is that tribute to my childhood, my homeland, and to you.
I grew up in Finnish Lapland surrounded by the quiet roar of lakes and forests. Living in and off nature instilled in me a considerable sense of responsibility to be a steward of the environment.
Beyond learning that the land could sustain the lives of me and my family, I came to realize that my environment in Lapland, nourished my soul. That connection to nature made an impact on the very fabric of who I am.
Finland to Hollywood
When I was 7 years old, I told my mom that I wanted to move to Hollywood. She supported my dream and was unsurprised when I moved to LA to pursue my career as a Make-Up Artist in the world of fashion. As my career progressed, I began yearning to increase my artistic expression. I missed painting, pottery, knitting, music, and all the other elements of art that intersected my life.
Karo Koru began as a late-night pastime when March 2020 put the world on pause. Making jewelry became my way to heal, to deal with the anxiety of our world, and to express my love of nature and the people I care about most with each piece I make.
My pieces reflect my philosophy to venerate nature and minimize the environmental devastation of our modern lives. The vision for Karo Koru is to tackle the high-waste in our industry by repurposing and recycling materials headed for landfills or worse. It’s my belief that small efforts made by many hands can make an immense difference.
Each piece in my collection is handmade by me in my home studio that takes up a large part of the house I share with my son and husband. My desire to treat the world and myself a little better is expressed in each handmade piece. A small ode to my artistic childhood mixed with a need to make pretty things people can enjoy. Karo Koru is that tribute to my childhood, my homeland, and to you.