We had the good fortune of connecting with Pea Tota and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pea, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
What makes PearlHouse successful? Authenticity and a celebration of unique beauty. Each piece we create is one of a kind, just like our customers. On our social media you can see people from all walks of life, in all shapes, sizes and colors. We believe in a world where every individual can shine, no matter what they look like. Our jewelry directly reflects this passion for humanity. In having a brand that celebrates everyone, all feel welcome. No aesthetics, no body shaming, just true free creativity. No matter who you are, there’s something for you in our shop.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Fourteen years of artistic practice have led me to opening my creative business. Nature and psychedelic inspirations bring the art to life. For most of my life, art I was creating was made out of anything and everything I could get my hands on. From cardboard and ball point pens I took from the market I used to work for, to now fine gemstones and high quality chains, oil paints and fresh canvas. Art is a way of life when you are a creative person, A way of survival. Through the darkest times, there was always art. Through the brightest moments, always art. I create in every personal state. ‘ PearlHouse came to life after I became unable to work a traditional public facing job. After 10 years of customer service and sales, I was faced with a a difficult decision. In 2020 I was diagnosed with epilepsy (seizures). When this happened, I could no longer be engulfed in the world I knew all those years. No more bright lights, loud sounds or busy environments. Disability over took my reality and a rebirth began. After losing my ability to function on a basic level, experiencing brain damage and then being faced with my empty bank account… a decision was made to use $200 of my stimulus check (leftover from rent) and buy some beads in an attempt to make some bill money.
Our first drop sold out within 3 days and a small community was formed. Soon, we were building a new social media network, a new website and we were paying our rent with bead money. Making jewelry became a full time gig. Even though, as an artist, we are still experiencing seizures and disability, we are growing and conquering at an astonishing rate.
Seeing our jewelry on celebrities and models but also finding support in the folks who sacrifice a coffee to support our brand. Selling pieces for upwards of $400 but staying true to our bread and butter with our $28 Junker necklaces. It’s important to us to remain accessible to all.
PearlHouse has been my life’s greatest pleasure and most exquisite challenge. Each day brings new hard work and new opportunity. The future only holds growth and happiness.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego is so gorgeous. There’s something for everyone. Personally, we find solace by the ocean. We spent years living in our van right off the shore. An early morning beach walk, smelling the fresh air and feeling the water on your bare feet… there’s nothing better.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thank you so much to my beautiful husband. You are my constant inspiration.