Gamma Folk is an awe-inspiring & thoughtful jewelry line, created by maker & designer Lily Piyathaisere.
Her pieces evoke another time, with an obvious inspired nod to traditional handicraft , Lily herself is "Influenced by folk art, mysticism, pop culture and the bauhaus, Gamma Folk is a celebration of aesthetics, experiments in technique and the preservation of craft."
what is your occupation?
Designer and maker for Gamma Folk, a fiber focused jewelry line. Also a graphic designer and part time day-dreamer.
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why is supporting independent makers/designers so important to you personally?
I can sense an emptiness from mass produced items when I look or touch them. They feel dead, whereas, the work of independent makers/designers are full of life. I can feel the energy and love that is put into them and that unique perspective is something I'm proud to own. It's also important to me that I know where my products are coming from and that they are ethically made. Independent makers/designer are usually more transparent about their sources than corporations.
can you explain in some detail the process for making your pieces?
I keep a sketchbook and am always jotting down ideas and sketches for future items as they come. Inspiration comes in all forms: film, art, food, books, nature, nothingness. From there I like to experiment with natural dyeing processes to hone in on a color palette and textures I want to achieve. I then play with various fiber arts techniques including braiding, weaving and knotting. I've also recently incorporated ceramic components to my jewelry which has been great fun. And then from there I explore silhouettes and shapes and keep refining them until all their elements feel right.