Mari­anne Eriksen Scott-Hansen is a Dan­ish design­er cre­at­ing both strik­ing jew­ellery and com­plex interi­or dec­or­a­tions out of paper. Dis­cov­er­ing her work through Ins­tagram, we got in touch with her to get to know this inspir­ing design­er a bit bet­ter.

How would you describe your work?

—I illus­trate and cut. My designs are often very graph­ic­al state­ments, cut or drawn, and they are meant to dec­or­ate the body in new ways. Apart from the cut­ting I don’t use seams, pat­terns or any oth­er tech­niques nor­mally asso­ci­ated with design and man­u­fac­tur­ing of clothes. The shape unfolds from the cut itself. My pieces are cros­sov­ers of neck­laces and pieces of gar­ment, which is a gen­er­al fea­ture of my designs. I’ve been work­ing with these prin­ciples and tech­niques for many years, but I just keep it to myself and work on it whilst freel­ance design­ing for oth­er brands. The most recent ones being Roy­al Copen­ha­gen Por­cel­ain and Georg Jensen Jew­ellery.

What’s your back­ground?

—Sev­er­al years ago I had my own clothes and accessor­ies brand called Daugh­ters of Style. It was mainly cut-out and slashed tees and leath­er jew­ellery as well as cus­tom­ised stuff. The line was sold in Lon­don in The Pineal Eye, Colette in Par­is, Sev­en New York and many more world­wide. Dur­ing this peri­od I met a lot of people with­in the busi­ness and many artists too. The Daugh­ters of Style vibe was very extra­vag­ant and loud, so it was an inter­est­ing and inspir­ing priv­ilege to have so many of my cre­ations worn by per­form­ing artists.

What inspires you?

—There are so many fant­ast­ic design­ers all over the world, and many more to be dis­covered! But to be hon­est design doesn’t interest me by far as much as people, or rather people’s per­son­al­it­ies, do. That is what inspires me the most, not design­er clothes. Some­times I have even made the decision not to look at oth­er design­ers’ work in order not to be inspired by them.

My ideal is to cre­ate some­thing with no ref­er­ences to things someone some­where has already done. That might be naive, I don’t know, but def­in­itely very ideal­ist­ic! My biggest motiv­a­tion is to walk new paths. I actu­ally love it if I see some­thing on the cat­walk that might look a little bit like some­thing I am work­ing on, because it means I have to be even more pre­cise in my own expres­sion, or even start all over again and get a new idea… It’s great!

What does the future hold for you?

—I’m still work­ing on my jew­ellery pieces because I’d like to find more inter­na­tion­al cus­tom­ers for this, or simply just get some reac­tions. That is how I use Ins­tagram, although very unstruc­tured and only when I can find the time for it. It is still a “secret” side pro­ject and it doesn’t have my main focus, even though it is what I love doing the most. It’s totally my own expres­sion and for 7–8 years so far, it hasn’t been copied by any­one.

I have star­ted a small busi­ness doing paper dec­or­a­tions and I’ve exper­i­enced a big interest for my paper cut­tings lately, espe­cially used for interi­or dec­or­at­ing or big install­a­tions. I think for some people it is prob­ably easi­er to relate to a strangely cut object hanging from the ceil­ing or in a win­dow than around their own neck.

Pho­to­graphy by Paul Skovbakke