We sat down with one of our very own makers, artist & jewelry designer Shira Tagle to get to know her and her brand better!
Tell us a little bit about your vision and what you offer:
I've never been able to really find a singular thing that I wanted to do career-wise. I've always jumped from one interest to another and it took me years to figure out that I was just meant to do it all haha. I want to create a space that harbors creativity in all forms and eventually work my way towards an artist commune of some sorts. But for now, I bring all of my interests and passions into my art and jewelry!
I make a wide range of things from jewelry to oddity home decor to paintings. I want to express my passions freely and be able to meet and reach other wonderful like-minded people in the process. If my art appeals to you, then I most likely want to get to know you! I view my earrings more as art I want to share with people rather than a product. Each pair of earrings have their own unique elements, no two are alike just like the person who bought them! I aim to make pieces that bring a sense of awe and excitement when someone sees or wears them.
I also make decor pieces such as tufted wall mounts, Bone/curio arrangements, Coasters, and other fun ways to bring unique elements into your home! Filling my walls with nature-inspired pieces really brought a sense of comfort and inspiration to my space and I would love to share that with others!
What is the most important thing you want others to know about you and your brand?
I aim to emphasize sustainability and ethically sourcing my materials. All bones and other curio items are either sourced from Indigenous hunting and gathering families, or second hand sources such as estate sales.
I want to give everything I have to what I make and the people who receive them. A lot of thought and intention goes into everything, I place every leaf, petal, and bone meticulously on every piece, and I think that stems from having a deep love for what I make. I'm confident in their durability, but I also want to note that I always offer repairs in the event anything happens! Customs are also always available and I would love to make pieces to immortalize sentimental items such as bouquets or maybe your baby's first tooth if that's your thing or make a special piece of jewelry for your special day!
What inspires you the most when creating?
Honestly chaos haha I love throwing paint aggressively on a canvas or throwing different mediums together until I find a combo I love. I find that when I'm trying too hard to come up with something new, that pressure and rigid thinking usually send me into terrible artist block.
I also absolutely adore all nature elements. I have a huge love for plants, bone, and other natural elements and I want to ensure that I do them justice!
Where is Verse Collective headed next?
I'm hoping to become immersed in the creative community. I want to have a studio space where I can create messes and treasures at the same time! I'm also hoping to share this space to create opportunities for other people the way these same opportunities had been presented to me. I hope to branch more into rug making, ceramics, silversmithing, and all sorts of new mediums and skillsets in the future!
What piece of advice would you give those just starting out in your field?
Open yourself up to the community around you, meeting other people and sharing ideas has always been a huge support system for me! Without the people who surround me, I wouldn't be as passionate or evolved that way I am today.
Also be patient with yourself! Find what works for you and while taking notes from other creators or entrepreneurs can be helpful, it's important to keep in mind your own pace and needs. You are exactly where you need to be.
Name one song or band that embodies your brand:
I always struggle with these questions haha. I think my personality and brand is so sporadic that it is impossible to limit it down to one song. What I put out into the world is constantly changing and evolving.
Is there anything else you want to add?
Find what makes you feel fulfilled and don't let it go! That fulfillment will bring you farther than any money-making idea ever could. If you want to do something and someone tells you there's no money in it, disregard it. If you do what you love, you can always find a way to make it grow and prosper.