Inspiration for "Connection", the Spring 2018 Line

Inspiration for "Connection", the Spring 2018 Line

Posted by Lea Smith on Feb 26th 2018

When thinking about Spring 2018 and new designs for my collection of jewelry, I decided to "take a look in the mirror", as they say. Since spring is a time for new beginnings, I wanted to tap into what I felt I needed in my life at this moment, as well as what I feel is strongly needed in society and our world as a whole. It seems like a simple solution, but "Connection" is vital! We have sadly lost our clarity on how important is to connect to one another, and our communities, to maintain our happiness and health as a society. While there are many different types of connections, and we all have to choose what's right for us, I felt the need to open a dialogue with myself and others about what "Connection" means to us all. It can be our connection to our soul and what really feeds it; our need to dedicate time and energy to nourish and uplift our personal energy. Maybe it's our connection to our friends and how we can reach out and strengthen and improve those relationships; or how to serve our community and care for the people around us in various ways. What about our connection to Mother Earth, and how we can better preserve our planet with our day to day activities. These examples just scratch the surface, but I felt "Connection" was the perfect concept to focus my energy on for spring. 

When you look at the jewelry within the Connection Line, you will see many examples of that energy within each piece. I tried to focus on ways to connect the lines, curves, and points of each design as I worked, to create that cohesive feeling that we all desire and need in our lives, that "Connection." When I began sketching and formulating my plan for this new line, I focused on the relationship of not only those connection points, but also the negative space between them. One of the best examples of relationship is the Ripple Effect Necklace

Ripple Effect Necklace Ripple Effect Necklace

You will see the same concept with our Bohemian Dangle Earrings below.

Bohemian Dangle Earrings

Another idea I fell in love with for the "Connection" collection was using more organic forms. I was intentionally trying to make sure each piece was truly uniquely and organically itself. I do not use any type of form or mold for my jewelry, so every piece is hand-crafted. That means they all have the same form, but each one will be a little different, which makes them even more special. You can see this in the Organic Necklace, as well as the Organic Earrings, pictured below.

Organic silver dangle earrings

I hope you enjoy looking through the new designs I've created for the Spring 2018 collection. I hope you find a "Connection" of your own, perhaps a particular piece that reminds you of a friend or family member. Maybe there's a special someone in your life you'd like to create a symbol of your "connection" with one of my new designs, or a special statement piece. Feel free to share this blog and don't hesitate to send to reach out via email if you're interested in any custom design, or would like to discuss a wholesale order: info@leasmithdesigns.com