THE ARTIST

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DAVID J LILLY

My creative interests have always been varied since I was a 4 year old when I got my first box of Lego bricks.

Over the decades there have been many things I’ve made from wood, card, plastic, glass and mud – roadways, cars, planes, windows and dinosaurs, I’ve tried my hands at many things that interested my creativity.

In the 1980s I was collecting Art Deco and that carried on through into this century until in about 2005 when my eye turned to the style of my childhood, mid-century modern, and in particular Brutalism – those big concrete and glass forms that so many people love to hate.

My jewellery making began with me playing around with fold-forming copper which is great fun, then somewhere along the road Brutalism raised its head again and I have been hooked ever since – at last I have found my muse and its big, heavy, brutal and all together beautiful.

Then of course there are the gems. I love colour and from a very early age had a fascination with all types gems.

When I was young an uncle gave me a small plastic pot of rough diamonds, rubies and sapphires from his time in India:I still have today exactly as they were given to me.

I now cut and polish the gems I buy, and this gives me enormous satisfaction as I can size and shape them to fit with the aesthetic of the jewellery I’m making.

I hope that you enjoy my jewellery as much as I do and can see the joy I had while making each piece. If you’d like to let me know what you think I’d be delighted to hear what you have to say.

 

 THE STUDIO

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The studio is based in the farmyard of Applesham Farm which nestles on a hillside overlooking the river Adur in the ‘missing’ (it died out during the Black Plague) downland village of Coombes, West Sussex; just west of Brighton.

If you fancy visiting you are very welcome and you’ll most often find me there on a Saturday, but please phone (07796 141180) before turning up in case I’m out or running a workshop.

As well as being a jeweller I am the UK’s only Dalle de Verre glass specialist.