Work in Progress | Coral Necklace

ZKD Upcycling Spotlight: Annika’s Coral Necklace

Did you know that I’ve been upcycling since I started my business over fifteen years ago? 

Back then, I would have referred to it as customization, or making alterations, but the underlying goal is still the same – reusing old materials and creating something new!

The process has stayed the same over the years, and I’d love to tell you all about a recent project for Annika, a sustainable fashion designer here in Berlin. Let’s take a look!

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Zurina Ketola Designs Howlite Necklace and Alta Gracia Berlin Sparkle T-shirt.

ZKD Updates: Live, Learn + Save 20% in Store!

During the early stages of lock down in March, I moved back to my home studio to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

It was a practical decision, but it worked out so well, I’m moving out of my shop space next Monday.

It was a great experience and I learned a lot about my creative process. It only makes sense to let you enjoy some perks too, right? Starting Wednesday, all of my jewelry at Studio Hertzberg will be 20% off!

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Where ever you go, there you are.

Designer Life: Road Trip, European Style

There’s quite a few things I love about living in Berlin. The city itself is a rich tapestry of art, culture, and history, but even the most mundane activities have a special kind of charm for me. Everything is still so new and different. I love walking along the cobblestone roads lined and tree lined canals, and now that the dust has finally settled from the move and my studio is set up, it seemed like a great time to take advantage of the summer by taking a little vacation!

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Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein

Celebrating Earth Day: An Eco-Friendly Life + Small Business

Earth Day, Every Day

Happy Earth Day! I thought it would be the perfect time to talk a little bit about how I try to bring Earth Day into my every day life and small business. It’s been on my mind lately because my experiences in the area of recycling and sustainability between Germany and the US are so different!

These topics have always been important to me, I love that I’m finally able to live somewhere that has an eco-friendly consciousness built into daily life. I’m also  really excited to talk a little bit about how it’s been built into my small jewelry business over the years.

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Botanical Gardens Berlin. Rhododendrons + Camelia. Berlin

The Studio is Coming!

Nomad, No More

It’s been shy of eight months in Berlin and life has finally settled down. In about a month or so, I’ll have a jewelry studio again! It’s been a long and bumpy road, but it was totally worth it.

Before arriving, I had a few ideas about what path to follow to keep my creative flow active in my new home without a studio. On that list? Spending time being a tourist in our new home. Going on walks, exploring museums, and experiencing the culture of my new surroundings played a big role. As it turned out, life had other plans and we had to put a pin in this for a while.

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