Erika Hansen

Erika Hansen Jewellery Design Workspace

Hi there, I’m Erika. Nature loving designer and creator from the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. I was fortunate to grow up in the Nelson region, surrounded by beautiful coastline and native bush.

A deep curiosity and desire to observe and understand nature began at a young age. I have always been fascinated by natural form, finding awe in both the vast openness and tiny details of things. I love to explore the expression of form and how this connects with and evokes emotion in people. Perhaps it’s my Scandinavian heritage but I’ve always felt drawn to the minimalist, timeless elegance of Scandinavian Design.

Having completed an Industrial Design degree at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand I entered the professional design industry but before long the mountains were calling…and well…we all know one must go ;) …I found myself living in Whistler, BC surrounded by rugged mountains, picturesque lakes and dense forest. With nature all around, creative inspiration was everywhere.

New adventures meant new opportunities, leading to freelance work as a jewellery designer for Nelson’s internationally acclaimed Jens Hansen Gold & Silversmiths (no relation, we just share a surname and a love for Scandinavian Design). Through this work I fell in love with Jewellery as a means to express my art, no doubt because jewellery is essentially pure form design. I enjoyed it so much I couldn’t stop dreaming about new ideas for my own collections.

I use a combination of traditional and contemporary design practices in the design process. Integrating hand sketching, wood turning and modelling with computer aided design, 3D printing and metal casting enables me to effectively bring my ideas to life.

My goal is to create jewellery that is modestly elegant and timeless in nature which people relate too. If my designs bring love and happiness into your life, that brings me joy too!

Erika xx