We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaeya Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaeya, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The thought process behind my business came from exploring my passions. I started creating jewelry out of love for making beautiful pieces, that later I realized inspired joy!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a self taught handcrafted jeweler working currently with 14kt GoldFilled wire and semi precious gemstones. However I started creating with copper for its healing and medicinal properties when in contact with the body. I offer pieces in both metals to customers. What sets my business apart from others is all my pieces are inspired by Afro-Caribbean culture and beliefs. I use the creation of my pieces as a platform to teach about African and Caribbean culture as they are often intertwined and are the basis of inspiration for my art. Where I am in business now is not where I started. I started vending at local fairs and festivals. I then grew an online presence and started collaborating with local shops with pop ups or stockist for my collections. It’s been a journey of what works for my brand. I offer 4 collections a year Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday and offer custom and special orders through out the year. The lessons I’ve learned are be patient with yourself, be patient with your art you will get better over time, be patient with the journey, honor your vision and take the time to create your vision as you see it …. don’t take shortcuts ..
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love San Diego and I have special places I love to visit often. If I had friends coming to town I would definitely take them to my favorite spots. First La Jolla Coves to watch the seals and the ocean breeze. A day trip visiting Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town to get a glimpse of historic San Diego. Another day visiting Seaport Village and a ferry ride to Coronado Island. I love dinner at Tru Foods they offer a little bit of everything for every pallet. A gorgeous hike on Torrey Pines Day taking in the natural scenery and quick pop in at my favorite donut shop Donut Bar downtown.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shoutout my Mom, Lorraine Hill. I must say she’s the backbone to my success. She has always stood by my journey in life and in business with a kind word, care package, text, advice and most of all a sound board for what’s next. I know I can do all that’s on my plate because of the belief she has in my abilities.