ETHICS & SUSTAINABILITY
Traveling the world & living the gypsy life for many years with my husband & daughter gave me the opportunity to see first hand how sustainable practices can effect an entire community..
I began recycling old treasures,beads,wildcrafted feathers,seeds & shells into new designs selling them at local markets & festivals around Australia, It wasn't long before the demand for my product became more than I could produce on my own so I began the journey to travel to the source, hand select all gems, components & silver direct from the makers to ensure the money went directly to them & to their families.
With my family in tow we spent 12 years travelling the globe & made it our top priority to work with small family & community based business that treat their workers fairly & provide comfortable working conditions...
I now have a small dedicated team of families that work with me on all of the collections here at Shayote. I am striving to be a sustainable brand in this modern world of fast fashion to create pieces that have a message to inspire & last for generations to come. We are committed to minimising our footprint on our mother earth & her inhabitants.
Thank you for you joining me on my journey towards a sustainable future.. Shayote x
REDUCE RE-USE RECYCLE
When I began the journey towards sustainability the first area that came
to light was the packaging. I now embrace the
REDUCE.. REUSE..RECYCLE philosophy.
In late 2015 I opted to phase out all of the personally branded packaging.
I said goodbye to the cotton calico bags, printed wrapping papers & ribbons.
I now reuse tissue, boxes, bags & wrapping paper that is thrown out by big brand companies saving it from landfill.. Your package may come in mismatched wrapping but the product quality is still the same and it helps save trees!
The money saved allows me to pay a carbon offset when printing our tags & promotional material & to use quality recycled paper.
LAND FOR WILDLIFE
The studio is situated on 15 acres of rare bushland unique to the Top End of Australia in a little town called Humpty Doo. It is partly covered by 'Sandsheet Country'.. pristine white sand with a wet season billabong & stunning wetlands for 6 months of the year. It is abundant with flora & fauna unique to this particular landscape.. wildflowers, grasses, medicines, foods, birdlife, mammals, lizards, insects, snakes, fish, amphibians & so much more!.. an endless source of inspiration for all of the designs here at Shayote...
In 2015 we made the decision to pledge our acreage to Greening Australia's Land for Wildlife program. We believe it is vital to preserve our natural habitat with the encroaching development in our rural areas. We are currently a part of the Black Footed Tree Rat Habitat & Nest Box program. We have had over 500 native food trees planted here and have installed 5 nest boxes..
A % of our sales goes towards the maintenance of our acreage including fencing repairs, fresh water, natural food corridors, release areas & more.
Thank you for supporting us on our journey to preserve our native habitats
THE BEADS & COMPONENTS
I are continually striving towards making all pieces ethical & sustainable which includes hand picking every single bead, gem & component found in my designs
Thailand is one of the silver & gemstone meccas of the world & I have been lucky enough over the years to have developed long term relationships with a hand full of small family businesses like my own, to source all of my premium quality beads, gems & components for the designs.
I travel twice a year to Thailand which allows me to have total control on the quality of each bead, as well as knowing its origin. This costs more & is time consuming as opposed to ordering beads & components from an online store but it allows me to give you a premium product as ethically and transparently as I am able to being a small business.
My beads & components are premium quality gemstones as well as sterling 925 silver, hill tribe silver, stainless steel, 14k gold plated. All of my designs are lead & nickel free.
I bring these beads & components back to my humble studio in Humpty Doo & string together the many hand beaded designs loved by so many with love & a satisfaction of knowing exactly where each individual piece is from & what my customers are investing in.
MY CUSTOM CHARMS & DESIGNS
I am very lucky to have developed a relationship with a jewellery designer that loves what I do!
This has allowed me to bring my ideas to life & to create an entire range of quality jewelry that is unique to my brand reflecting my love for metaphysics & nature..
it all started many years ago with our logo charm...
I am truly grateful for this opportunity! x Shayote
All of my charms & Signature Collection have been created with love & intention together with my mentor who shares the same family work ethics as I do here at Shayote.
We provide sketches & ideas which are then tweaked to perfection by my mentor & his design team. Each piece is crafted in solid 925 Silver to last a lifetime..
All of my charms are bought back to my humble studio at Humpty Doo & incorporated into many of the hand crafted designs found at the Pop up Shop & Online Store
I am currently developing the next range for release in late 2019
Thank you for your ongoing support & help to allow our design dreams to come true!
THE CRYSTAL COLLECTION
I am committed to supporting women in business in Bangkok & have had the pleasure to collaborate with a beautiful team of talented ladies to bring my minimal
Crystal Collection to life..
Starting out as a small business from home & now a thriving small factory that is selling their products around the world.. we are so grateful to be a part of their journey.
Each purchase from my
Crystal Collection is contributing towards giving women in Bangkok an opportunity to support themselves & their families in a clean, safe & ethical environment
Thank you for your support to
empower women in business!
THE METAPHYSICAL & SHELL COLLECTION
I work very closely with a brother & sister team to bring the best quality silver, shell & turquoise components to my collection. They both share our passion for all things metaphysical..& have worked tirelessly to fine tune my Angel Prayer Collection for us.
I stumbled across their tiny little shop many many years ago in a seedy back alley on the streets of Bangkok where they had a few shell pendants & a heap of tribal piercing jewellery..
I have seen them go from that tiny little back alley to a thriving small business with a dedicated team crafting their designs selling to curators from around the world..
Each purchase you make from my Metaphysical & Shell Collection contributes to this wonderful brother & sister team to continue to create employment opportunities in Bangkok.
Thank you for your support to help family businesses thrive!
THE CURATED NATIVE DESIGNS
I have always had a sprinkle of native american pieces at the pop up shop & on my online store.
All of the pieces are chosen with great care and imported so that the artisans are culturally credited & the money goes directly to the artisans themselves. This means they can have quite a hefty price tag on them.. a small price to pay for an authentic piece!.
Each design is hand tooled from solid silver and features gorgeous pieces of turquoise, onyx & magnesite..and the occasional splash of rare white turquoise in the mix! I rarely get to put them online as they are snapped up at the Pop up Shop here in Australia!
I also incorporate these into many of my popular bespoke & custom designed pieces.