Handmade heaven. The founder of Teylu Collective, Paige, firmly believes that fine craftsmanship starts with a respect for the natural world. Taking inspiration from the Cornish coast, Paige handcrafts jewellery from silver, brass and gold. Every piece is made to order – even the sea glass is hand picked from Cornish beaches - guaranteeing that whether it’s a pendant necklace, pair of hoop earrings or a statement ring, it has been lovingly made with real care and thought. Or as we like to call it, the Teylu touch.
What made you decide to start Teylu Collective, and what's the inspiration behind it?
I started silversmithing in 2014 as a hobby. I then went to University of Bath to study Sport Science (very different from jewellery I know) and graduated in May 2020. After struggling to find a job up in Bristol/Bath, I made the decision to move back to Cornwall in September 2020. This was a move I always knew I wanted to do but didn’t think it would happen so soon - but I am so glad I did. Not finding work post-university was a blessing in disguise. Upon coming home, I picked up my tools to keep busy and fell in love all over again with handcrafting jewellery. I decided to try and make something of my passion and Teylu Collective was launched in October 2020.
How are your jewellery pieces made and where are your materials sourced from?
All of my pieces are handcrafted in my little studio at the back of the garage! The raw materials that I use are silver, brass, gold, gold-filled and sea glass to create each piece. All of my sea glass is hand picked off the beaches in Cornwall by me. Sustainability is really important to me. All of my packaging is recyclable - even the sellotape used on the boxes! It’s important to know that when I send out a piece, nothing will be returned to the environment in a negative way.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from my surroundings, especially the Cornish coast. I really like to take what I see and turn it into simple, geometric, minimal and modern pieces that people can keep and wear for a lifetime.
What have been the biggest challenges/achievements, or your favourite story on your journey so far?
Teylu Collective is very new which is exciting. Creating my website and actually launching the brand was probably my biggest challenge as I lacked belief in myself. But I’m so glad I took the leap and pressed that ‘website live’ button. Teylu Collective is not only a business to me, but it has also allowed me to connect to some incredible people via social media who have been inspirational.
The best part of what I do is making commissions with such a personal, special story behind them. I am always so overwhelmed and honoured to make such personal pieces, whether it’s a piece that is meant for a gift from one friend to another or most recently being asked to make a sea glass necklace in memory a very special person, who sadly is no longer with us. The thought they have chosen me, Teylu Collective, to craft such a special thing is amazing and the feeling I get from it is indescribable.
How would you describe Teylu Collective in three words?
Minimal, modern, timeless
What is your connection to Cornwall?
I was born and have lived here all of my life - minus university years! I feel so lucky to be able to say that. My time away at university has made me appreciate it even more.
Do you have a special spot in Cornwall that inspires you?
I think one of my favourite spots is Gwithian beach. They have by far the best sunsets in Cornwall. I also tend to go there, whatever the weather, sit in my car and just watch and listen to the sea. I find it so calming and it really helps reduce my anxiety and stress. Time just flies and you forget about the world and appreciate the power of nature for your mental health. This is where my logo was created/inspired. It depicts the sun setting/rising on the horizon, it is a reminder that no matter what happens, your day can always end beautifully. It encourages us to reset ready to rise and conquer the new day ahead. The sun has got to set before it can rise again.
What’s next / any exciting plans?
I hope to just continue making pieces of jewellery and putting a smile on my customers faces as well as design and craft new pieces. I also really do some work to raise awareness for mental health and be an advocate for this.
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