Stay beautiful and Safe in the Dark with Tíra’s Reflective Jewellery
Radiant Jewellery and reflectors
Stay beautiful and Safe in the Dark with Tíra’s Reflective Jewellery

The Canadian born mosaic-artist, Alice Olivia Clarke, has found a way to make Icelanders visible during the long, dark winterdays. With the traditional reflective adhesives insulting the least bit of vanity, men and women have refrained from sticking them on their overcoats. Which, by the way, is quite unfortunate as black is a favourite colour in Iceland.  On a dark winter‘s day four years ago, Alice wondered at all the black-clad people and decided there must be a way to make beautiful reflective accessories men and women would be happy to wear. And she found a solution.

A Flower Blooms into a Whole Range
It started with a flower, a completely handmade flower, made from the Icelandic wool, Lopi. To begin with Alice and her mother-in-law made them, but due to demand they had to add two more knitters to the group, all working in Alice’ studio. Women were happy to add the reflective flowers to their overcoats, but the men were still very much in the dark. So, the next product was a band one can circle around an arm, leg, scarf, bag or rucksack—and they became instantly popular. There are short bands and long bands and even Icelandic men are happy to wear them. But Alice’ creativity was not finished. Not by a long shot. The next item was a beautiful necklace, long enough to wear over any jacket, coat or parka, with reflective buttons on each end hanging down front and back and thus making the one wearing it quite visible. All the accessories can also be worn as beautiful jewellery. Everything is made from Lopi and reflective thread, not just on the surface, but throughout. All the flowers are crocheted, all handmade and the knitted bands are machine knitted by the Icelandic knitting company, Glofi. The bands inside the knitted cover are reflective, so is the leather on the end. All the buttons on Tíra’s radiant accessories are recycled and it takes several metres of reflective thread to fasten them onto the flowers.

Where to Find Them
The result is beautiful quality accessories. The latest product is multi-coloured necklaces, based on the colour of indigenous Icelandic birds. All Tíra’s accessories are available at the National Museum, National Gallery, Epal (also at the Keflavik International Airport), and in the Icelandic design store, Kraum, in the centre of Reykjavík.

From the Family to the World
The aim of Tíra is to combine the traditional with the contemporary, focusing on Icelandic material where possible. Only the reflective thread and the buttons are imported. Actually, the whole concept is quite the family affair, as Alice’ husband, architect Kári Eiríksson, co-designs and their daughter makes the box illustrations.  Tíra is already exporting the radiant accessories to the Netherlands and Alice has a long list of countries wanting to buy her extraordinary products. “This little idea I had is certainly blossoming,” says this married mother of two, who is presently working on another of her mosaic installations in Hafnarfjörður. She has worked on this newest piece, aptly named ‘The Tree of Life’ for over three years along with nearly three hundred, thirteen year-old children, each one making their own leaf.  Alice created the centrepiece a 3 metre high mosaic Celtic cross, in the form of a tree and each of the leaves have been added to its crown. This community project can be found in the community hall of Hafnarfjarðarkirkju – Hafnarfjörður church.
Her installations can be found in several places in Iceland. In her studio in Hafnarfjörður, she gives courses and seminars to teach her craft to Icelanders who are always ready to learn a new do-it-yourself craft. From Alice, they learn to make their own mosaic creations: mirrors, tables, candleholders and hotpads.
When in Iceland be sure to look for Tíra – Radiant Accessories when buying gifts for family and friends back home. The beautiful pieces will make your loved ones visible in the dark.

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