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My second home: The workshop

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

A small space in the West Australian countryside is where all the magic happens. It is my creative retreat.

How I got to this place?

Since I left school in 1999 my goals and dreams have centred on becoming the best jeweller I could. I completed a Fine Arts Degree with a Jewellery and 3D major and then went on to complete an apprenticeship, working alongside some very talented Jewellers at Solid Gold, one of Perth’s premium jewellery stores in the CBD.

In 2006 I left city life to explore and travel this beautiful country called Australia. I am a coast girl growing up in Munglinup, WA. When travelling I worked in some stunning coastal locations like Dunsborough, Coolangatta, Broome and a little further inland at Kunnunurra. Each of these places provided me with amazing learning opportunities. The Broome Pearl and Argyle Diamond industries where fascinating and working with independent successful family run businesses was a great way to see what was possible for me.

My goal has always been to have my own Jewellery Gallery where I could custom make unique pieces as well as exhibit other amazing artists. In 2010 that goal was realised when I returned to Perth and set up my gallery in the Astor Arcade, Mt Lawley WA.

The Astor Arcade in Mt Lawley, WA was an exciting time in my life. With the help of my best friend Natalia and a team of five dedicated staff, I built a successful business with many loyal customers. In 2013, I left the gallery in capable hands to pursue a three-month diamond setting study program in Antwerp, Belgium. Although intense and challenging, I learnt a lot more about the diamond industry and this experience had a significant positive impact on my career advancement. It was one of the best things I have ever done.

In 2017 I had to make the hard decision to close my beloved Mt Lawley gallery as myself and three of my staff started families (since that time there are now nine children between us) and my life changed focus. It was time for me and my family to move back to the country.

So, this is where we are. I have a little workshop at home on the farm, I run my business online. My loyal customers both old and new contact me whichever way works best for them; email, messenger, Instagram or phone. We work together to create beautiful jewellery pieces that will last a lifetime.

2023 is the beginning of a new stage, with my girls both full time a school I am excited to explore some new ideas I have had for Tayha Designs. Watch this space. My plans for growth are going to look a little different to in the past and may take a little while to work out the details but I am excited to be growing again. I look forward to working with you soon.





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