HandCrafted Couture

Alia Weston Jewellery elevates traditional lace-making to contemporary levels. Strands of butter-soft, fine silver are entwined into ethereal motifs that evoke natural and celestial forms.

The brand symbolises playful elegance and a respect for the natural world. Our business model embraces collaboration and social impact. Our company uses green web-hosting, collaborates with fellow artists and designers to create fun and meaningful projects, and embraces diversity. Our recent photo shoot included a cross-cultural, all womxn team of artists. Our business is dedicated to creating impact through educating future generations of creative entrepreneurs.

Alia was born passionate about creating. As a child, she loved nothing more than to draw pictures of ballerinas, flowers and fashion designs, and she taught herself to knit, sew and make jewellery at an early age. These experiences formed the foundation of her creative career. Alia began making jewellery at the age of 12 with her friend, Swedish/Kenyan artist Catherine Anyango Grünewald while living in Kenya in the early 90s. Thinking “why not!”, their first pieces were wired coca-cola top earrings which they sold at a local fair. Alia continued to make and sell beaded wire jewellery through her teenage years in Zimbabwe. She credits her formative creative education to the inimitable Zimbabwean painter Helen Lieros, whose inspiring Saturday morning art classes at Gallery Delta sowed the seeds for further study in the arts.

Alia turned her passion for jewellery design into a career by completing a BA (Hons) in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Crafts, at the Sir John Cass School of Art and Design in London. Here she developed her contemporary lace-making techniques by fusing her heritage and creative skills into an interdisciplinary craft form. Melding traditional British lace-making, Southern African Beading, 3D line drawing, natural forms, metal textile techniques, and fashion jewellery, she created the avant-garde Jewellery Couture range. This exclusive, bespoke range is guaranteed to make a statement, and is perfect for black-tie, red carpet, and bridal glamour. The Everyday Couture, the ready-to-wear line represents playful elegance. African Rose weaves Alia’s heritage, by fusing Southern African beadwork with British lace-making. Magnolia evokes delicate floral motifs, and Supernova connects nature to the African heavens.

Born in Zimbabwe to a South African Cape-Malay Mother and an English Father, fine craft work runs in her family. Alia’s mother is a talented wedding cake decorator, her sibling Mishal is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist and photographer, and her parternal great-grandmother was a fine art painter. Alia’s childhood inspirations are lush nature under the African sky, where the violet dusk unveils a diamond studded Milky Way. Alongside her jewellery practice, Alia is a Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada, where she teaches business to art, design and media students.

Alia was born passionate about creating. As a child, she loved nothing more than to draw pictures of ballerinas, flowers and fashion designs, and she taught herself to knit, sew and make jewellery at an early age. These experiences formed the foundation of her creative career. Alia began making jewellery at the age of 12 with her friend, Swedish/Kenyan artist Catherine Anyango Grünewald while living in Kenya in the early 90s. Thinking “why not!”, their first pieces were wired coca-cola top earrings which they sold at a local fair. Alia continued to make and sell beaded wire jewellery through her teenage years in Zimbabwe. She credits her formative creative education to the inimitable Zimbabwean painter Helen Lieros, whose inspiring Saturday morning art classes at Gallery Delta sewed the seeds for further study in the arts.

Alia turned her passion for jewellery design into a career by completing a BA (Hons) in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Crafts, at the Sir John Cass School of Art and Design in London. Here she developed her contemporary lace-making techniques by fusing her heritage and creative skills into an interdisciplinary craft form. Melding traditional British lace-making, Southern African Beading, 3D line drawing, natural forms, metal textile techniques, and fashion jewellery, she created the avant-garde Jewellery Couture range. This exclusive, bespoke range is guaranteed to make a statement, and is perfect for black-tie, red carpet, and bridal glamour. The Everyday Couture, the ready-to-wear line represents playful elegance. African Rose weaves Alia’s heritage, by fusing Southern African beadwork with British lace-making. Magnolia evokes delicate floral motifs, and Supernova connects nature to the African heavens.

Born in Zimbabwe to a South African mother and an English father, fine craft work runs in her family. Alia’s mother is a talented wedding cake decorator, her sibling Mishal is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist and photographer, and her parternal great-grandmother was a fine art painter. Alia’s childhood inspirations are lush nature under the African sky, where the violet dusk unveils a diamond studded Milky Way. Alongside her jewellery practice, Alia is a Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada, where she teaches business to art, design and media students.

Our Collaborators

Collaboration with talented, creative and loving people is a special ingredient at Alia Weston jewellery. Over the summer of 2018, we collaborated on a photoshoot and re-branding exercise with a wonderful team of artists. Each one of these artists went the extra mile to create the truly wonderful outcome that you will find on this site.

Our beautiful photographs in this site are the work of Julie Riemersma, a Toronto/ Amsterdam-based fashion photographer. Julie has a magical eye for detail. It was a pleasure to co-design the concept in a way that perfectly reflects our brand.

Our model’s hair and makeup is the work of talented make-up artist and stylist Sindhu Sentilnathan. Sindhu has a knack for creating any look you want, with a sparkling attitude of excitement!

Our backgrounds in the photographs are all original art, custom-made for the photoshoot by visual artist Leslie-Anne Smith. Leslie is an accomplished portrait artist with an evocative, bold style that speaks emotion.

Our gorgeous model (both inside and out) is Sharene Shafie, a Toronto born Egyptian-Phillipina artist and social innovator. Sharene’s mixed-heritage and work in social impact make her the perfect representative of our brand.

Our website is the work of Alia’s sibling Mishal, a brilliant multi-disciplinary designer, artist and photographer. Mishal elevated our brand to the next level through this site.

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