Saija Lehtonen is an artist and maker who works both in Nokia and Karstula, her place of birth. Natural materials, such as fish scale and elk hair and hoof are her main source of inspiration, and the profound basis of her work. She is also intrigued by the cultural heritage of artic peoples and their traditional and often ecological handicrafts reflexing profound understanding of the circuit of life and nature.
Saija has a Bachelor’s Degree of Design (2006) of former Kuopio Academy of Design, and she is currently studying visual arts at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences.
She’s a member of Pirkanmaa Modus Association, The Jewelry Art Association and Ornamo Art and Design Finland. Saija has had numerous solo exhibitions in Finland and various joint exhibitions since 2005.