Katarina Spik Skum - Arctic Indigenous Design Archives (AIDA)

Katarina Spik Skum

(b.1971) 

Duojár and teacher


Katarina Spik Skum was born in 1971 and lives with her family in Jåhkåmåhkke (Jokkmokk). Ever since her childhood, she has been surrounded by people who prepare handicrafts. Therefor she began to create early in her life. She makes her craft in her home. Katarina Spik Skum took her Bachelor's and Master's degree in duodji (Sami crafts) at Sámi allaskuvla (Sami University) 2015.

This makes her one of two people in Sweden, who have a higher education in duodji. "Goahten" is the name of her thesis, and it consists of a theoretical part as well as an installation. In her thesis, she discusses the "goahte" and home as a place for memories, but also as an arena for Sami home styling. She has previously taken the leather and textile education at Sámij Åhpadusguovdásj (Sami Education Center). She has also a teacher’s degree and she has studied North and Lule Sami and history.

Katarina Spik Skum started to make Lule Sami shoe bands in her early teens. Since then, she has provided her family with shoe bands and traditional costumes, but she has also made duodji for sale. She has a deep knowledge of traditional Lule Sami duodji, but she simultaneously belongs to those who have challenged and renewed the Lule Sami craft tradition. She does this by using new fabrics and colors mixed with traditional handicrafts forms.

Katarina Spik Skum has exhibited her installation "Goahten" at a number of places in Sápmi and she has participated in collection exhibitions in Jåhkåmåhkke and Ubmeje (Umeå). In 2019 she received a scholarship from the Sami Memorial Fund.


Katarina Spik Skum's archive mainly consists of materials from her Bachelor and Master's program in Duodji. In the archive one can find academic papers, sketches, as well as material samples and objects created during her studies. There are exhibition catalogs, posters and newspaper clippings. In addition, the archive contains a "duodji diary" with over 550 objects, samples of Sámi shoe bands, photographs and other documentation.

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