Lily has had an eye for fun and quirky adornment since she was little, never really understanding the appeal of more traditional jewelry. She admits, “I’m drawn to jewelry that has a unique perspective as well as jewelry inspired from other cultures. I also find it exciting how jewelry can really evoke a mood and express something about the wearer and or/alter an outfit.”
When living in San Francisco in 2011, Lily began making embroidered jewelry, meshing her graphic design background and passion for fiber arts and craft by making mostly geometric and folk inspired patterns. Although her work was well received, it was also extremely labor intensive and repetitive.
As a result, Lily moved to Brooklyn in 2012 to explore new techniques in the fiber arts world. She continued to teach herself new practices such as natural dyeing, weaving, braiding, and ceramics through the Textile Arts Center, books, and YouTube videos. What was originally just a hobby and stress reliever quickly evolved into a successful business. “As it’s evolved over time and more opportunities have arisen, I am learning a lot about the business side of being a craftsperson.”
We admire so many things about Gamma Folk, including Lily’s unique and passionate approach to making jewelry, her fascination with sustainability and thinking about how to incorporate it into her work, and how all of Gamma Folk’s accessories act as the perfect statement piece against our HDH pieces. Lily recommends our Darcy Jumper. “I also love a good kimono, and the Cady Kimono fulfills that.”