Randi Marainen - Arctic Indigenous Design Archives (AIDA)
Picture has a woman looking at the camera in a dark sámi dress with a decorative red and white belt on. On the woman's shoulders is a red scarf with red and light silk threads. The scarf is fastened with a large silver brooch. The woman is wearing glasses, she has gray hair and a red sámi hat on her. Behind the woman is a snowy winter landscape with a building on the edge.

Randi Marainen


Duojár, Artist

The Silver-duodji Pioneer

Randi Marainen was born in 1953 into a sea sámi family in Porsáŋgu (Porsanger) in Norway. Today she lives and works as a silversmith in Vuolle Sohppar (Nedre Soppero) where she has her studio. Already as a young women Randi knew that she wanted to work with silver. As a 16-year-old, she sought education from the German-Norwegian silversmith Gisbert Dunker in Kárášjohka (Karasjok). She went as an apprentice with him for two years and later on also at Juhl's Silvergallery in Guovdageaidnu (Kautokeino).

Before Randi started her company, she wanted to take more studies. She attended sewing and weaving education in Guovdageaidnu and sami handicraft education, in wood  and horn, at Sámij Åhpadusguovdásj (Sami education center) in Jåhkåmåhkke (Jokkmokk). Since the early 1980s, she has a business with her husband Thomas Marainen, then also with her daughter Kristin Marainen.

In addition to silversmith, Randi is also an artist and duojár. She is a member of Sámi Dáiddačehpiid searvi (Sami Artists' Association) and has participated in many exhibitions. Her work is represented in museums and institutions throughout Sápmi. Randi has, among other things, made the world's largest šiella (amulet made of silver), which is placed at Karasjok museum. Another popular item is the silver brooch she made for Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, in 2009.

In addition, she is trained pedagogy and occasionally works as a guest lecturer at the Sámi allaskuvla (Sami University of Applied Sciences) in Guovdageaidnu (Koutakeino) and at Sámij Åhpadusguovdásj in Jåhkamåhkke (Jokkmokk).

In 2010 she received the Asa Kitok scholarship and the same year also the Rubus Arcticus art and culture scholarship.

Randi has worked with sami silversmithing for a long time. When she started her business over 50 years ago, she was a pioneer at a time when the Sami themselves took over the production of their silver duodji (Sámi artifact).

Today, Randi invests in the development of its company through, among other things, digitization of work templates.

Randi Marainen's Archive

Randi's archive consists of silver jewelery, handicrafts and pearls, but also art in the form of sculptures. She has also donated process-emphasized materials, such as a box containing tin material and tools from her time as a young student. The archive also contains exhibition catalogs from the years 1984–2019.


Images are not yet available of the archive.