Get to know Chayle Cook
What’s your background, and what motivates you to do what you do?
As a teenager I pursued graphic design, which led me to complete a bachelor of fine arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax. It was there I discovered jewellery – a medium in which I can combine my love for art, design and craftsmanship. I'm motivated by a deep passion for metal working; I find it endlessly captivating and it gives me great joy. I'm also driven to improve the ecological impact of the jewellery industry.
How would you describe your brand?
Jewellery is such a sentimental and tactile object, so for me it is very important that it is handmade with care and positive vibes. My Chayle pieces strongly reference the craft traditions of hammering and forming metal. I produce high-quality jewellery designs using responsible and ethical practices. My collections are exclusively handmade, using 100 per cent recycled metals, fair-trade gemstones and Canadian diamonds.
Did you know? Chayle Cook fell in love with metalworking during a first-year blacksmithing class she took in university.
What is your designing process?
The first step is to sketch out the ideas that I have. I then take my best design and make prototypes. If I'm happy with the prototypes, I brainstorm ways to best produce them using the right kind of materials. Sometimes this involves using sheet metal that I measure and cut into the chosen shapes using a jewellery saw or shear. These pieces will then be hammered into form using an anvil and specialty hammer. At other times, designs better suit casting, where the wax models are carved into shape and then cast into the chosen metal. Each piece reflects countless hours of work and skill.
What does success look like to you?
I think success is a feeling. It feels like a combination of relief after hard work, a sense of confidence in yourself, and a positive vision for the future. I would like to maintain the integrity of my product and brand, but also grow larger and expand internationally down the road.