Lil Adams - Sunday Manager
Previous qualifications and training:
I studied Fine Art in Leeds. I also have a few random certificates for shorter courses that I am very proud of including Garden Design and Art Therapy and of course my London Jewellery School Higher Diploma Certificate from 2015.
How did you get involved in making jewellery?:
I had my first flourishing jewellery business when I was 10 and that started with a bead catalogue-I still have some of these beads now and have always messed around with polymer clay-passing some of my pieces off as art from time to time. My first metal working class was in 2014 at City Lit and I was so hoping to love it, and I soon discovered I did. I carried on in this class for a year before doing an intensive diploma at London Jewellery School. I have taken various courses since. I like what jewellery is about, not just adornment, but a little piece of entertainment, art or memory that you can carry around with you. It feels like it can be for anybody.
Things I have done:
I have worked in festival carparks, factories, bars, cafes, lecture theatres and a video shop (when they still existed). Been a leg model, hair model (when I had some) and modelled ducks for animating. Travelled a bit, lived oop north and in the southern hemisphere. I have eaten a lot of cheese and managed to stop.
Things I do now:
I work at a beautiful architectural library in the middle of the city in the week. I file down my nails making jewellery. I have started to try and sell my work but mostly still make presents for friends and family. Recently shaved off my hair for charity and I don’t eat cheese.
My biggest achievement so far:
I couldn’t point to one big thing. There are many little things that I am proud of that mean that I am a generally happy person at the moment. I am quite proud of the projects that occurred from the rejections of my ventures into the art world. I found it quite hard to make work as an art graduate and spent some time applying for residencies a few years ago. The rejections from these led to ‘non-residencies’ which were in themselves kind of ridiculous but created a space to make work through imposing a structure. I would totally recommend this for any art school kids missing their projects. Just keep making.
Things I hope to achieve in the future:
That’s a toughie, I’m not very ambitious in the conventional sense but I would hope to do more of the things I enjoy and less of the things I don’t, and keep going. Also I would like to save the planet and end all wars.
Three words that describe me:
Reliable contradictory hedgehog (sorry….or ill-behaved profile writer)….so difficult, can only think of what other people might say-stubborn comes to mind. Ok-‘wheelie suitcase hater’ this will always be true.
I am inspired by:
Metal found on the street that I am collecting for an unknown project, the natural world, random things I find funny, small things I can get cast. The people around me help a lot with this even when they don’t realise it. A few times a misunderstood conversation has brought about a new project. I also like to make things for peoples birthdays or just thinking about what someone might find funny leads to ideas. Also their worldy wisdom often helps me be a calmer person and lets inspiration creep into my head.
My favourite jeweller is:
Picking a favourites is tricky because I am greedy and it changes but I definitely consistently admire the jewels of Metalurj(aka Jill Herlands) and Nikki Couppee, but the blog is a fairly good indicator of the ever-growing list of jewellers that I find inspirational.
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