Hello! I'm Alissa
I’m the creator behind A Tea Leaf and love making modern and affordable jewelry.
I’m inspired by nature as well as vintage design styles like Art Deco and Art Nouveau. My latest and most popular collection is cut-out brass necklaces and earrings that have allowed me to combine my background in graphic design and illustration with my love for jewelry. I’ve created an array of different designs so it’s super easy to gift whether somebody is into pets, nature, vintage design, science, etc.
All the magic happens in Portland, Oregon with the help of my husband Justin and a few helpers.
Where does the name "A Tea Leaf" come from?
The name "A Tea Leaf" is a play on the pronunciation of my name. "A" is for Alissa and "Tea Leaf" comes from my last name, Thiele, which is pronounced "TEA-lee). See what I did there? And I do love tea... preferably a minty one :)
How did A Tea Leaf get started?
Ever since I was little, I've loved to make things with my hands. This started out as drawings and paintings, and then lead to majoring in Graphic Design in college. After a few years in the real world, my husband and I (and our cat, Yoshimi) packed up and moved to Portland to be surrounded by music, nature, and amazingly creative people.
The Pacific Northwest immediately began to inspire my artwork. I started creating collage work with found papers & botanical drawings under the name A Tea Leaf. I also got interested in the idea of making my art/designs wearable and began learning about jewelry making. I found that jewelry allowed me to explore art from a whole new perspective. I was addicted!
Today, A Tea Leaf jewelry is still inspired by nature and exploring the Pacific Northwest as well as vintage touches.
Any new exciting news you'd like to share?
One of my illustrations was just featured on the set of the HBO show 'Big Little Lies' (starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Adam Scott)!