My name is Shannon Lebert, and I’m an accessory designer.
I gravitate towards making earthy vibe accessories, with a bit of a preference towards copper, scrap leather, and stone. There's nothing that compares to the thrill I get from coming up with the unthought of, and bringing an original concept into physical form.
BUT I need you to know that I wasn't always an original.
When I was young, I wanted what everyone else had. Toys, clothing, talents - you name it. I was pretty much terrified to be like who I really was, and like something for really actually liking something. I instead sought out what everyone else thought was cool - you guessed it - to fit in. I spent a good chunk of my life like that. Such a shame really.
In my twenties, when I started dabbling in jewelry design, I quickly learned to turn off the need to conform. Learning to listen and to trust my own instincts was magical. I didn’t seek out to see what was in style, fashionable, or even liked. I made the pieces that I imagined, the original ones I wanted to see come to life.
This was huge for me - and still is today.
I don’t like to be influenced by much. I don't copy other artists designs, and trends aren’t my tell all. I’d rather we all picked our own 'colour of the year', wore what made us feel proud and expressive for now, instead of choosing what everyone else has, or is saying we need this week.
My hope is that we all begin to be more individualistic. I want us to feel okay with being ourselves, earlier on, instead of one day magically stumbling into that feeling much later in life. We're all expressive souls.