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Meet Lisa Sorvik of Duluth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Sorvik.

Hi Lisa, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I have been working with birch bark since the spring of 2021, and, like most things in life, the art of jewelry making just fell into place. My family loves the outdoors. We spend significant time hiking and exploring the Northwoods of Minnesota and Wisconsin. In the summer of 2020, we moved to some property with acreage and woods. My appreciation for nature’s raw and rugged beauty increased, and my desire to use birch bark as an art medium was born. At first, I used pieces of the bark for experimental wall hangings and paintings. This was enjoyable for a time but never really felt like the right fit. As I continued to work with the bark, a family member suggested jewelry making. At the time, I had never created a piece of jewelry in my life. I had no idea what to do or what supplies were needed, but I decided to try it for some reason. It didn’t take long for the birch bark obsession to take over! Birch bark jewelry not only looks amazing but is extremely lightweight and durable, and each piece is unique. Over time I decided to reach out to a local gift shop, and thankfully, they were willing to work with me! Since then, I have expanded Sorvik North very slowly. I can find my work in three more shops in the area and on my website. I also enjoy attending markets, festivals, and community events, where I can talk face-to-face with my customers!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a smooth road?
Though I feel privileged to do what I do, there are times when I feel like I’m biting off more than I can chew. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of two, and I consider that role my top priority. I never meant the Sorvik North business came before my family’s needs. So at times, I struggle to prioritize my time in a way that feels right, and it is a constant battle that ebbs and flows with the seasons. I’d be all set if I had eight more hours in a day! 🙂

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in creating birch bark earrings and necklaces, with bark sustainably sourced from northern Minnesota and Wisconsin woods. I love bringing the bark of old, forgotten birch logs back to life for people to enjoy! In a way, it feels like a form of rebirth. My deepest desire is to encourage people to view nature in a new, fresh way, with all of its beautifully rugged imperfections – as a unique art form—something to be cherished, respected, and protected.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you, and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned from the pandemic is not to take for granted the gathering of people. We were designed for community, laughter, and joy. We were designed to be together. The removal of community events, such as festivals, markets, concerts, and celebrations, negatively impacted the mental health of all of us! So now, I feel privileged and thankful when I participate in large community gatherings. I understand circumstances could change at any moment.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.sorviknorth.com
  • Instagram: @sorviknorth
  • Facebook: Lisa Sorvik or Sorvik North

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