Today we’d like to introduce you to Paige Cheyne.
Paige, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started making jewelry around 2014 or so. It’s hard to remember exactly, but it was around the time simple geometric jewelry was all the rage. There was something I wanted, but I was a broke barista so buying it was out of the question. Instead, I bought some brass sheet and DIY’ed it.
Eventually, I took a few community art classes at Barnsdall where I learned to fabricate, carve, and cast, and then just began slowly building my own studio. I think figuring it out yourself can lead to a more interesting art practice and outcome, but I’d still love to go back to school someday to fill in all my blanks.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It most definitely has not, hah! Jewelry is a very saturated business. It’s also a totally unnecessary luxury item, so basically you just hope people like it and the story behind it enough to buy it. I do my best to use as many recycled materials as possible. I mold, fabricate, and finish everything myself.
Luckily, these days things like this matter to a lot of buyers, but to many at the end of the day it comes down to the aesthetic and the price point. I’ve realized I can’t compete with And Other Stories, Zara, and so many other fast-fashion companies that blatantly rip off independent designers like myself.
Instead of focusing on how much that sucks and giving up, I use my ability to make something in a week or even an afternoon sometimes as my “super-power” or whatever and continue to release pieces as I see fit. I’m not tied down to a production schedule or a factory’s limited capabilities, and that affords me a lot of freedom.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
In terms of aesthetic, I’m known for making really fluid, melty, statement earrings. I did a run of resin with mother of pearl flake earrings based off the silver Freyja’s last year, and those did really well. Not to brag or anything, but Solange bought a pair, so…. hahahahaha.
But really, I’ve enjoyed the challenge of maintaining my own identity and creative outlet while satisfying the buyer’s desires. I guess that’s really what being a business is all about.
What were you like growing up?
I was always into fashion, DIY, vintage, etc. So I guess a lot hasn’t changed really! I started sewing with dental floss in 9th grade (up the punx! lol), stenciling t-shirts, and flipping vintage from the dollar sale on eBay. There was a lot of late nights spent on AIM and LiveJournal fashion communities.
For the most part, I was a pretty normal kid though, I liked going to the mall, hiking, camping, dreaming of leaving the suburbs. I was lucky enough to travel a bit with my family, and that planted a seed for forever wanting to travel farther and longer.
- Website: paigecheynedesigns.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @paigecheyne