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May 1, 2013

Collaboration: The Lyric Collection

I have always operated by the truth: we are only as good as the sum of our parts.  Thinking over the past 17 years, I’ve been deeply inspired by the ideas of others – like my Mom, for example.  There are hints of her influence in my work and vice versa.

My Meg chandelier earrings with london blue topaz over mother-of-pearl and diamonds.

And I’m inspired by the members of my team and my design partners, who have pushed me to explore new angles, shapes and textures, and have challenged me to see stones and precious metals in very unique ways. 

Chrysocolla bead necklace 18kt yellow gold tree branch station

 Collaboration is central to creativity, and for me, it starts with the message. The Elliott Yeary Gallery in Aspen, Colorado is a great retail partner, largely because of their appreciation for the power of the feel beautiful message at the heart of all that we do at Elizabeth Showers.  On a recent visit to Aspen, this really hit home for me.  Co-Owner, Kelly Wyly O’Donovan, creates artwork like nothing I’ve seen.  She brings together color and light, and in each of her works, she tells a story of empowerment.

"Amazed" by Kelly Wyly O'Donovan

Kelly’s paintings seem to speak out loud; in fact, she calls them “illustrated declarations of her thoughts, memories and emotions”.  Amazed, the piece that caught my eye that day in the Gallery, immediately sparked my creative engine.    

Since that visit, Kelly and I have collaborated to create one-of-a-kind pieces for the Lyric Collection.  We’ve designed a pendant, ring and two different earrings, all set in mixed metals and featuring perfect spirals of prehistoric Ammonite – fossils that themselves speak of the beauty and cycles of life.  Each piece is engraved with messages of empowerment, and as always, the Hope Star, mingled among the words. 
We are only as good as the sum of our parts!  Collaborating is what makes life, and art so enriching.

feel beautiful,

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