A skilled graphic designer, Lily Piyathaisere has lent her talents to several high profile companies and notable clients throughout the years. Still, Lily always felt compelled to create something beyond the screen, something tangible with her own hands. While working for Apple in Cupertino, Lily eventually realized there was more to her lingering urge and found herself cross-stitching during her daily commute to fulfill this need. Soon, she began applying her new-found passion for handmade goods toward jewelry design, a craft she'd always admired from a distance but had never considered creating until then. Driven to satisfy both her personal need for individuality as well as a broader goal to fill a void in modern fiber-based jewelry, it wasn't long before she launched Gamma Folk, her wildly successful line of handcrafted jewelry, or, as she aptly describes, "small kinetic sculptures that adorn and move with [one's body]."
Driven by a mission to combine traditional techniques with modern design, Lily prides herself and Gamma Folk in celebrating "aesthetics, experiments in technique and the preservation of craft."
What began as a labor of love soon turned into a full-time profession and in the steamy summer of 2012, the California native traded in her West Coast zip code for NYC to continue nurturing and building Gamma Folk. Inspired by folk art, mysticism and the Bauhaus, her pieces are minimal with wiccan and gypsy undertones complemented by elements such as tassels, braiding and wrapping that are referential to ritual objects. Additionally, the colors used in her collections are all created with plant-based dyes. A look into her Brooklyn design studio reveals an organic design process that begins with the sketchbook she takes everywhere she goes. Among its pages, one will find an array of designs inspired by her endless love of film, books, textures/color palettes and global travel--sources that certainly reflect in each of her timeless pieces. Driven by a mission to combine traditional techniques with modern design, Lily prides herself and Gamma Folk in celebrating "aesthetics, experiments in technique and the preservation of craft."
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Lily Piyathaisere is the designer and maker of Gamma Folk, a line of mystical jewelry handmade by Lily combining fiber, natural dyes, ceramics, and crystals. Lily carefully dyes, weaves and knots her creations in her Brooklyn studio using traditional techniques to form completely fresh and modern statement pieces.
We were lucky enough to visit the designer and document her process while making the Necklace No. 9 in Indigo. Take a look at our behind-the-scenes video and learn about this unique designer's vision.