Una Mikuda – born ir 12th March 1990. Artist holds a Bachelor’s degree (2016) and Master’s degree (2018) from the Art Academy of Latvia, Metal Design Department. At the beginning of her Master’s studies, she received Inara’s Tetereva’s art scholarship. She has improved her knowledge in the Erasmus program and spent one semester in Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland, specializing in jewellery design. The artist has participated in several international projects – Joya Jewelry Art Fair in Barcelona, International Conceptual Metal Biennial “METALOfonas” in Vilnius (several times), Art Jewelery Exhibition “Amber trip” where in 2016 she received 2nd price in the category of objects, International Symposium of Enamel Art in Kintai, Lithuania etc. Defended both bachelor’s and master’s theses with excellence. She ended studies at the Art Academy of Latvia by organizing a solo exhibition entitled Inside Out, which took place at the concept store BOLD, Riga, sponsored by Inara’s Tetereva’s art scholarship.
“Metal and its processing have been known to mankind for millions of years, but still metal keeps a lot of undisclosed secrets. It gives an opportunity to experiment and discover new ways of controlling metals and, once in the hands of the artist, the tough material can become soft and pliable. This mystery is one that most fascinate me in metalworking and gives me the opportunity to link metal and art. The creation of each jewelry is a challenge – how to portray my ideas in a small format composition and material that requires extensive technical knowledge in its processing. Thanks to technical knowledge, I have the opportunity to design my own jewelry from the beginning till the end, from idea to finished object. This path gives me the greatest satisfaction when, after a complicated process of development, I see my idea realized in an aesthetically pleasing art work.”