Krístín Helgadóttir is a folk artist that lives in Thingeyri village in the Westjords of Iceland. She has been making statues and sculptures from the driftwood she finds on the beaches of the Westjords. She has sculpted 22 three-meter tall viking statues that have been placed in different viking historical locations around Westfjords.
A couple of years ago she started to work with the seaweed also found on the beaches where she spends so much time. She has developed some very original necklaces and earrings made out of the seaweed that she calls “Fjöruperlur” or beach pearls. Every single piece is unique and hand-crafted. Helgadottir has developed her own method of cleaning, drying and polishing to bring the best out of the natural beauty of the Westfjord seaweed pearls.
Helgadóttir recieved much deserved attention for her beach pearls at the Reykjavik Arts and Crafts fair that was held in Reykjavik City Hall in Autumn 2010. Since then her jewellery has been sold in many craft stores and fairs around Iceland.