Introducing Ines from Casa Ayllón
Ines is the Founder of Ayllón, an homage to eternal elegance explored through glasswork and silver jewellery.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Ines, and I am originally from Argentina. I started with Casa Ayllon five years ago as a creative outlet which slowly became, what I like to call my gallery for all the things I feel inspired by, a platform that collects fragments of elements that awaken my curiosity, evolving ultimately as my brand and store of those things I personally love and curate.
In late 2019 I started designing bags and a few years later I began with glass pieces made in Italy and Australia. I've always had a strong connection to Europe, especially Spain where I lived as a child, and Italy, where my partner is from, so it felt very kismet to have a product which connects with the ancient lampwork technique.
Lately I've been gravitating to small objects, especially after my last long trip to Europe where I spent most of my time visiting museums, flea markets and some very old-school shops that have been there since my childhood, digging deeper into memories of the things that called my attention as a child.
What is your favourite part about living in the Byron Bay area?
Mainly the lifestyle. I lived my whole life in cities, and I am originally from Buenos Aires, my favourite city in the world and the place that has shaped me and made me curious, which I miss everyday. However, it is a place that never sleeps and where there are not enough hours of the day. You may live there your whole life and still never cover it all, every neighbourhood has his own very distinct identity and dynamic.
I am inherently calm and slow, so sometimes I would struggle in that environment, it is tough, there is too much going on, all the time. Byron is the complete opposite. I love improvising my day from an intuitive point of view and in Byron it feels that there is always time to do all the things that fill the soul surrounded by nature, calmness and a beautiful community. It is so refreshing and different to my life in the city.
Getting to choose to live a busy or simple life to me was a huge privilege and I am still aware of that everyday. The community in Byron Bay is very strong, there are so many inspiring people, everyone is open and supportive which makes it a truly a special place. It has the magic of a small beach town with a slight cosmopolitan flare since there are people from all around the world living here.
Where does your inspiration come from when creating your glass pieces?
I love reading people's biographies, especially those of fascinating women who were ahead of their time, many of my pieces are conceived with a certain era, person, art movement in mind.