Lily Kamper founded her jewellery label after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2012. Her collections are available online with Young British Designers and at Liberty in London.
Where did your love of jewellery originate?
I studied my for BA and Masters in Textile Design and specialised in mixed media. I have always been interested in combining unusual materials and wanted to create something that brought together soft printed fabrics and leathers, with harder materials such as metal, wood and plastic. My MA graduate collection consisted of a series of bags where I focused on creating bespoke hardware, which sat alongside a collection of jewellery pieces. While studying I had the opportunity to work in so many amazing departments and was able to concentrate on creating jewellery as well as the more textile focused pieces.
Your aesthetic conjures up notions of architecture, old and new materials.What inspires you?
I am inspired by such a variety of things, my first Autumn Winter 2013 collection was inspired by a beautiful Hindu Temple in North London, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. I was also inspired by the works of Dan Flavin, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Phillipp Schaerer, Josef Schulz and Peter Alexander. My new Spring Summer 2014 collection was inspired by a mix of things again, from images of abandoned motel swimming pools by J Bennett Fitts to escalators and kryptonite.
Building brand awareness is difficult when you start out. What do you do to raise the profile of your work?
I try to be good at social media, uploading images of my work in progress to instagram, as I always think it is interesting to see how pieces are made, I also use tumblr to show my inspiration. Last season I showed my collection in a small showroom at Paris Fashion Week, but for my Spring Summer 2014 collection I showed at Somerset House in London. I have also enjoyed working with designer Steven Tai this season to create some hardware for a bag to accompany his collection.
Where would you like to see your brand in five years?
I’d love to see people I don’t know wearing my designs, whether that be jewellery or something different.