Smith & Sun is a contemporary jewellery company launched in 2019 by artist Tara Li-An. The inspirations and designs behind these collections, have been brewing away in her meninges for many years, like an old skool Pinterest board.
Tara spent her childhood camping by the Pacific and collecting stones in the wildness with one parent, and trawling through gem stores and antique markets in Asia, with another. She then spent the next 20 years immersed in the art industry, creating a strong aesthetic practice and gaining skills in using (almost) every tool - She is a self proclaimed tool geek and collector. Think, part mad scientist and part artist... When you visit her studio in East London it looks slightly like a curiosity shop where you might; get your tarot cards read, have your motorbike carb tuned, or simply trip over a wild cat. It is a little strange, but we love weird.
Memento Mori, ancient talismans, and magic amulets are elements that reverberate throughout the collections. Some are subtle pieces you wear every day, and others are statement pieces to be taken out when you need to align all your chakras in one punch.
Every collection starts with a narrative. Each piece comes with an item that sparked the collection - A polaroid book of a Sylvia Plath's 'The Moon and The Yew Tree', or a vial of essential oils capturing the scent of an imagined journey, from the Earth's Core to Outer Space. This parallel narrative is intrinsic to Smith & Sun's creative process. Tara thinks its fun to share her other passions, that inspired these pieces - Plus everyone loves presents!
The Instagram account hosts lots of thoughts and facts on numerology, astrology, science, plant life... It is all connected. We are all connected.
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