Who is behind the shop and where the idea came from?
LIIA is a one woman business. The woman behind LIIA is me, goldsmith artisan Laura Ikonen.
LIIA is a dream come true and a result of a long process. I already studied a degree and worked in a totally different field. However for years I longed for doing something more creative and to express myself. I decided to study goldsmith artisans degree and also moved to my new hometown. With jewellery design and jewellery making I found something that I really love to do!
LIIA's guiding ideas are timeless design, high quality materials and handmade high quality work.
How many people work for your company?
Only one woman, who's role is a designer and jewellery maker, salesperson, marketing manager and even a little bit graphic designer and wannabe photographer when needed :)
I also have the world's best buddy at my workshop: a small portugues podengo, dog Sisu. Sometimes Sisu forces me to take a break and play, sometimes he calmes me if I'm too stressed and everyday he takes me out to get some fresh air and take a break.
What have been the highlights for your company?
LIIA is only in the beginning of its journey. But one of the biggest personal achievements for me has been to find the courage to start my own business and do something I really love and believing in it. I'm sure that there will be many great things coming with LIIA.
How do you aim to improve the welfare of the environment and human.
When I'm working with jewellery making I aim to use techniques, materials and chemicals that are as safe as possible for me, my health and the environment.
For my own welfare I try to do things that makes me feel better: go for a swim, running or just a walk in the nature.
Has your company had to give up something to be more sustainable and responsible?
I wouldn't say that I have had to give up something to be more sustainable and responsible. Sometimes it just takes time to seek best possible options, suppliers or materials. Still, I think it is important to strive for better future. Even with baby steps sometimes.
What are your visions for the future?
I hope that LIIA employs at least me also in the future and allows me to work with something in the future.
What is your motto?
Ilon kautta - positiivisella asenteella pääsee pitkälle, ja se usein näkyy ja tarttuu! :)
What inspires you?
Everyday life and people.