Leocadia K.

modern art inspired jewelry

Mala Beads + Necklaces

Living Life Creatively, New Products, Spiritual Practice, StyleCait SherrickComment

If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I’m not only deeply inspired by modern art, but I’m also an avid yogi. I’ve never been much into traditional jewelry, so even though I’ve been practicing yoga for 17 years, I’ve never once owned a set of mala beads. Not because I don’t see their value, but because they’re just not really my style.

Abstract designs? Those are my style. Reinterpreted lines, shapes + proportions? Yep, those are totally my jam. Jewelry you can’t get anywhere else? I’m all about it.

My design idea for these necklaces was to make reinterpreted versions of a set of mala beads. I took a traditional mala design, deconstructed it, assembled it so that the proportions were new and different, but the end result still looked enough like a mala that you’d get the reference + I strung it all on my signature chain.

While my malas aren’t meant for counting your breaths, prayers or meditations, they still send the same message. Take a moment to breathe, repeat your positive thoughts, be mindful when you make decisions, infuse yourself into your accessories.

They might not be paintings, standalone sculptures or coffee table books, but these necklaces still portray very large concepts in new visual ways + that’s what makes them modern art.

My malas are some of my original designs + they’re on sale this week. Shop them here.

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West Elm Local

Collaborations, Living Life CreativelyCait SherrickComment
West Elm Local Vendor Artist, Carytown, Richmond, VA

I was selling my jewelry, talking about my fake plants + doing my thang at the Crafted VA Summer Pop-Up last August, when my friend + colleague, Allison came to say hello. Within seconds of hugging hello she went straight to it (like she always does in the most loving way) + asked me if I wanted to be her west elm LOCAL jewelry vendor.

I distinctly recall smiling from ear to ear while jumping up + down before I eventually said yes. 

While working out the details with corporate, Allison moved to the new West Elm location in Carytown - Richmond, VA, so naturally my jewelry moved with her. Because of her move not only can you now get your favorite LK pieces at West Elm in Richmond, but I can also officially say that I’m a west elm LOCAL vendor + artist. 

I’m a west elm LOCAL vendor + artist.
I’m a west elm LOCAL vendor + artist.
I’m a west elm LOCAL vendor + artist.

As a long time admirer, customer + former employee of West Elm, it’s surreal to think that I now partner with them as an artist. Repeating it over + over makes it seem more real.

You see, the growth of my jewelry business has been quite unique to say the least. I tend to get exposure in ways that most jewelry designers don’t, I often partner with people + places that don’t typically want to partner with jewelry designers + despite all of that, my business + I continue to grow just like the rest of them.

And the more I think about it, the more I realize just how on-brand it is for me + my business to take the path less followed, to keep living my life creatively, to be a west elm LOCAL vendor + artist as a jewelry designer, not a home goods maker.

So if you’re in Richmond, Virginia + can’t wait until my next The Brunch Market (I’ll be there in July!) stop by the West Elm in Carytown to see my wares up close + personal. Our aesthetics are very similar, don’t you think?

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Meet Henley

Living Life Creatively, Looks, Style, New ProductsCait SherrickComment
Henley raw brass hexagon beads gold filled wire hoop earrings wood background monastera leaves minimal modern handmade jewelry

Meet Henley. She loves simplicity, geometric details + unique everyday jewelry. I like to say she’s pretty easygoing because she goes with everything.

She's my modern take on a classic hoop - ten tiny brass hexagon beads sit on a 1.75” gold-filled wire circle.

She’s delicate, but don’t let her fool you. She survived a dance party in Mexico. I test wore these hoops while on a work trip to Cancun in January + I accidentally pulled one out of my ear while dancing. The whole dance floor stopped dancing to help me look for them until our bartender saved the night + found it on the other side of the dance floor. It was a testament to just how loyal my coworkers are, just how cool Mexican bartenders are + just how resilient these Henley hoops are. 

Wear her like you would any other hoops, everyday, no matter the outfit. Here are a few of my IRL style ideas, but really any of your style ideas would work too. She’s that simple.


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THE BASICS

1 // Gray T-Shirt
2 // Striped Button Down
3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans
4 // White Tank Top
5 // Straw Hat (or any hat!)
6 // Black cutoff shorts
7 // Flip Flops
8 // Tan Flats

THE STYLE COMBOS
Add a hat (#5) to any of these outfits for a little extra somethin’ somethin'.

1 // Gray T-Shirt, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 8 // Tan Flats
1 // Gray T-Shirt, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 7 // Flip Flops
1 // Gray T-Shirt, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 8 // Tan Flats
1 // Gray T-Shirt, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 7 // Flip Flops

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2 // Striped Button Down, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 8 // Tan Flats
2 // Striped Button Down, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 7 // Flip Flops
2 // Striped Button Down, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 8 // Tan Flats
2 // Striped Button Down, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 7 // Flip Flops

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4 // White Tank Top, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 8 // Tan Flats
4 // White Tank Top, 3 // Your Favorite Blue Jeans, 7 // Flip Flops
4 // White Tank Top, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 8 // Tan Flats
4 // White Tank Top, 6 // Black Cutoff Shorts, 7 // Flip Flops

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