HANDCRAFTED PRECIOUS LACE JEWELLERY

Alia Weston Jewellery is a female-run company that is based in Toronto Canada. We sell unique, award-winning, bridal and fine metal lace jewellery in a range of striking designs. We use artisan practices, to individually handcraft timeless designs with a modern-classic twist. We are known for our range of chic, floral lace jewellery that can be worn everyday, for special occasions, and as bridal jewellery. We also sell custom couture pieces that are guaranteed to make a statement.
The brand was established in 2004 and can be purchased on Etsy.

Alia was born passionate about creating. As a child, she loved nothing more than to draw fashion designs and nature, 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. Alia combines Southern African beadwork and British lace-making with metal textile techniques, and fuses these into ethereal natural forms.  The bespoke Jewellery Couture collection is an exclusive, made-to-order range that is guaranteed to make a statement at any special event. The Everyday Couture, ready-to-wear, line represents chic, everyday elegance.

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 paternal 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. Each one of the artists who have collaborated with us went the extra mile to create the truly wonderful outcomes that you will find on this site.

COLLABORATORS
• JAY JOO – of JJSTUDIO Toronto collaborated with us on our 2018 Exhibition at JJSTUDIO. Jay also supports us by making a custom earring attachment for our African Rose Studs.
• SALISA JATUWERAPONG – Is a talented experience designer, maker and VR/AR enthusiast. Salisa worked with us in 2018-2019 as a workshop assistant while studying at OCAD University.
• ZIYI WANG – A talented jeweller and digital artist worked with us in 2018-2019 as a workshop assistant while studying at OCAD University.
• GILAD COHEN – Took the wonderful portrait of me on this page. He is a talented photographer and human rights activist. @mrgiladcohen @jayucanada

2018 PHOTOSHOOT
Over the summer of 2018, we collaborated on a photoshoot and re-branding exercise with a wonderful team of artists.
• JULIE RIEMERSMA – 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. @julieriemersma
• SINDHU SENTHILNATHAN – Our model’s hair and makeup is the work of talented make-up artist and stylist Sindhu Senthilnathan. Sindhu has a knack for creating any look you want, with a sparkling attitude of excitement! @sndhurella
• LESLIE-ANN SMITH – 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.
• SHARENE SHAFIE – Our gorgeous model (both inside and out) is Sharene Shafie, a Toronto born Egyptian-Filipina artist and social innovator. Sharene’s mixed-heritage and work in social impact make her the perfect representative of our brand.
• MISHAL WESTON – 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. @mishalweston

2019 BRIDAL PHOTOSHOOT
Our 2019 wedding photoshoot was a glamorous outdoor garden wedding collaboration.
• ANASTASIA – Is a talented photographer based in Toronto who creates elegant, timeless photographs. Anastasia created our beautiful garden themed wedding look-book with her expert eye. @stasia.photo
• ANTONELLA CUMBO – Is an award-winning hairdresser. Her special power is creating styles to individually suit each client’s natural beauty. Antonella created different hair styles to suit each of the looks in our lookbook. @antonellacumbo
• SHANNON VOISIN – Our model Shannon, a sweet and lovely human, and a joy to work with. Smart and beautiful, Shannon’s passion is working in inclusive childhood education. @shannonvoisin
• SINDHU SENTHILNATHAN – With passion and excitement, again Sindhu created beautiful make-up looks for our shoot. @sndhurella

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