Meet Chayle Cook
Her work can be found on her website herehttp://www.chayle.com/
Can you tell us about your workspace?
A homemade studio. Re-using my school-days desk into a jewellery bench, rigging up ventilation, anvil stakes, wood stumps, etc. A general mix of re-used, old, or found things, with some new fancy equipment too.
Have you always been creatively driven?
Yes. I’ve always been ambitious to create things, and driven to make them as I had imagined them.
What inspires you, where do you go for ideas?
My creative drive is often spurred in problem solving. I find limitations and challenges to be a motivating force. I like to puzzle over how things will work best, finding clever ways to put the pieces together.
What is a typical work day for you?
I work for myself during my off time, and work full-time during the week for an established designer goldsmith. I don’t ever stop thinking about jewellery design, and always have my hands busily making something, designing, or selling.
How do you approach each project you work on?
I always try to think about my audience and customer first. I think of who they are, when they will wear it, how they will be with it, how it should feel, move, look, and wear.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I am currently producing a few lines of jewellery for different markets. A line of hammer formed jewellery that is large, flowing, and fun. In my other line of colourful glass enamels, I am creating a series of decorative painted earrings inspired by impressionist paintings and botanical patterns.
What has been the most interesting or exciting project you’ve worked on and why?
I recently completed a set of rings that incorporated large bone pieces set into large 10K gold rings. The project was exciting because it combined two beautiful materials, a fragile inexpensive carved bone on top and, hiding beneath, a substantial wealthy metal. A stylish design that was sleek, strong, and understated, but carried character on her hand.
What do you love most about what you do?
Solving puzzles. I love figuring things out, how things go together best, and making something beautiful.
What do you want to do in the future?
I’d like to set up a space to continue my practice and to promote fine crafts and art jewellery in Ottawa.
portraits done by Magida El-Kassis jewllery shot by Chayle Cook
Come by Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 to the Lovely Ladies: Women’s Small Business Fair to meet Chayle Cook and buy some of her jewellery.
Location: 100 Tallwood Drive at the new City of Ottawa Archives Building.