photo credit: Diana Lundin

photo credit: Diana Lundin

Wesla Bay Weller is a jewelry artist, maker, graphic designer, illustrator, and writer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she moved to New York to study illustration at Parsons School of Design before transferring to Cooper Union, where she earned a BFA in graphic design.

She has illustrated a number of books, including Eric Idle’s The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat.

Wesla left her longtime job as a graphic designer at Los Angeles  magazine to design Weller Than Ever greeting cards and art prints. While working on WTE, she took a metalsmithing class for fun and was instantly captivated by the process of creating jewelry.

Wanting to work with recycled materials, she hit on the idea of working with discarded and broken musical instrument parts to express her love for music, narrative, and craftsmanship.

Wesla was honored when her Cymbal of Love (aka Love Cymbal) pendant won UncommonGoods' first Jewelry Design Challenge in 2011. 

Her commitment to arts education inspired her to learn a new instrument herself — taking music lessons for the first time since junior high school. She now plays the marimba and the ukulele. 

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her lovely and talented wife Jane. While Wesla loves L.A. (unless she has to drive cross-town in rush hour traffic), she still considers herself part-New Yorker and always folds her pizza slice.