My name is Thea and I was born in Oslo, Norway.
I spent most of my childhood holidays either by the sea or in the mountains. Every weekend was spent outdoors, whether I wanted to or not! My father always did, and still does, spend most of his life in the open air. Luckily for me, my mum was more of a sitting-in-a comfy-chair-with-a-glass-of-wine kind of type! I think I’m a good mix of them both, though I probably have a few more ants in my pants then mum did. She had a passion for jewellery and big rings which she passed on to me.
I came to England in 1989 to study, and after a year in London I found myself in Brighton doing the WMCP (Wood, Metal, Ceramic and Plastic) degree course. These days it’s called Three-Dimensional Design.
I specialised in plastic and metal and loved my course. One of my favourite fields was jewellery making, and even though it was some time ago the skills I learnt are extremely useful to me now.