CynthiaLechMetals

Contemporary Minimalist Jewelry

7 Sales

CynthiaLechMetals

Contemporary Minimalist Jewelry

7 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(2)

Announcement   Welcome! We have many new items for this holiday season! Thank you for visiting!

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Last updated on Dec 7, 2017

Welcome! We have many new items for this holiday season! Thank you for visiting!

Cynthia Lech

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5 out of 5 stars
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Paul Beckett

Paul Beckett on Jul 19, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Long time Providence resident Cynthia Lech hits her stride, setting a high watermark with the recent opening of her online Etsy shop and proving she can strive in any location. Her unique handcrafted designs embody an old school metalsmith tradition, combined with contemporary practicality that forms a style bordering somewhere on the outskirts of muted brutalism, her jewelry is not to be missed.

Susan

Susan on Jun 30, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

My ring is gorgeous! Arrived promptly and safely. Thanks so much for such a lovely piece. I appreciate you customizing it to my size.

About

City Factory Worker to Backwoods Homesteading Business Owner

It all started with pony beads.

Gimp, seed beads, safety pins, backpack straps, little wood scraps, duct tape- you name it. I loved making jewelry and I loved making it different. Oddly enough, I spent my first 2.5 years of college wondering what I would do in my adulthood. Photography? Writing? Teaching? Then, I took an introduction to metalsmithing course for fun. Duh! I spent the next 5 years focusing as much of my time as possible on making wearable items out of copper, silver, brass, and sometimes gold, to earn a BFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing.


Factory life.

Fortunately for me, I grew up and went to college in Providence RI: THE jewelry industry hub beginning in the late 18th century, leading to a BOOM in factories and jewelry production in the latter part of the 19th century. While the Providence jewelry industry has faded, much of it due to foreign competition, Providence and Rhode Island still had a lot to offer when I entered the scene.
I started out as a Jewelry Design Assistant for a local costume jewelry company. I moved on to work at a fine jewelry factory for a few years as a Production Jeweler and Stone Setter (think robin's-egg blue and Audrey Hepburn). Next was a smaller company who is a contractor for similar high end brands where I was a Model Maker in Product Development for another few years.
Throughout my factory life, I also held a studio in the old boiler house of The Nicholson File Company in Providence's Valley Arts District. (also, the maker of my first set of files - ahh synchronicity) I developed many strong relationships with other local artists and craftpersons; showed my work in local galleries; and participated in many holiday sales. It was a vibrant and supportive community and it not only inspired my jewelry work, but I began creating etched copper and brass pieces as wall hangings which was my outlet for non-functional artwork.
Throughout those years I learned A LOT. And I was burnt out. Maybe I needed to go back to school for something in the medical field. This just wasn't working out. I was ready for a change.


The middle of nowhere.

I always considered myself a city person. Well, a small-city person. Okay, a Providence person. I spent 6 years after college, marriage, and divorce, building myself a life, support group, friendships, and small local awareness of my art, jewelry, and music in the little city I call home. But I was stuck in a cycle of working in factories, being in debt, and living beyond my means. I loved my non-work life in Providence, but work-life was taking up most of my time, and more importantly my emotional and creative energy. Also, I didn't feel free. I often had to pay to park; I never had a yard or a garden, when I did it was tiny; I couldn't walk around naked if I wanted to; I couldn't afford to live by myself; I didn't have time for a dog; I had to plan out when I wanted to play loud music; If I needed to scream, it was into a pillow. Relocation was in order.
Downeast Maine is the place my sister has called home for over a decade. I've visited the area countless times over the years and always felt relief when I was there. Fresh air. Majestic shoreline. Bald eagles, moose, seals. People who dressed for utilitarian purposes and not to impress or to try to maintain individuality. But I still wanted a little city life, so I chose Belfast, Maine. A couple hours from my sister, a hip little town with musicians, a cool pub, and artists.
I didn't end up in Belfast. Or any quaint little town in Maine. I ended up in the middle of the woods in Columbia, Maine. Only a handful of young people around. No pubs. No experimental music scene. A 1 mile trek through the woods from where my car is parked. Why? Love. I know, barf. Thankfully much closer to my sister, because without her, I never would have made it through the weather and darkness of March and April. (sorry Love, you know it's true. *wink*) Also, my soon-to-be home conveniently had a fairly new cabin, not being used. Just waiting for me. It has a woodstove, sink, a range oven, sleeping loft, solar power, and perfect amount of space for my minimal set up. I unpacked everything. Adopted a dog. No rent to pay (thanks Love, 'tis a luxury). No electric bills. We have flower and vegetable gardens. Ducks and chickens. I can walk around naked. I can play my music loud. I can scream. Whenever. I. want.
So here I am! Homesteading and making. I'm so excited for this new chapter in my life and though it's not easy self-promoting, and finding a niche, I now have the means to work my butt off to make cool, elegant, one-of-a-kind wearable items. I'm sure my work will end up in hands that love it, as much as my own hands loved creating it.

Cheers!

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