A talented artist, fashion designer and designer, Marja Suna (1934-2022) proved to be a skilled user of many materials during her long career. In addition to fashion design, she also discovered new means of expression in jewelry design. In addition to fabrics, she also used metal, paper, and glass.
Marja Suna, who was awarded the State Prize for Arts and Crafts in 1979 and was named Fashion Artist of the Year in 1998, has said that all creative work must have a message or an idea behind it. For her, as an artist, creation was everything. Suna designed her first jewelry series for Kaunis Koru in 1998, after which she had a long career with Kalevala Koru. Suna was also known as a designer for Marimekko.
In 2010, Marja Suna was awarded the Kaj Franck Prize, Finland's most prestigious design award, for her more than 50 years of design work. In the same year, she was invited to become an honorary member of the University of Art and Design.
As a fashion artist, Suna saw jewelry as an important part of dressing. She reflected on the wearability, clarity, and timelessness of jewelry, and how it can be worn in everyday life as well as at festive occasions. She defined her jewelry as classically modern, as it reflected her own era and was part of a future style.
An important element in Marja Suna's jewelry designs was not only nature but also the refraction of light on the surface of the material. The artist felt that it was important what the surface of the jewellery looked like and what the jewelry conveyed to the wearer. She wanted her jewelry to bring joy to people.
The most famous and beloved of Marja Suna's jewelry is the Snow Flower, released in autumn 2004. The snow flower, symbolizing the celebration of nature's diversity, emerges from the snow and ice, casting light and beauty in its wake. The jewelry is still in the collection and is handcrafted in Finland at the Kalevala Jewelry factory in Helsinki.