Interview: Lily King

In the past few months I have become a right sucker for jewellery and Lily King has really stood out to me as a designer to keep an eye out for. Her jewellery is simple and classic with prices that are barely eye-watering and unlikely to break the coffers and as a result, she has already caught the attention of online giant Asos where she is featured in the Marketplace area of the website (https://marketplace.asos.com/seller/lily-king). Lily also has an active Twitter account @LilyKingLondon and her jewellery can also be bought from www.lily-king.com.

Lily began making and selling jewellery whilst working in a little boutique on Portobello Road. Initially jewellery making started off as a hobby, but with her designs becoming increasingly more popular her shop evolved and grew into a much loved business. She told me that ‘this was great because I could see which of my designs were most popular with the customers and be there to eavesdrop on what they were saying about the designs, which was luckily all complimentary!’ Now, no offence to Lily, but I don’t think she was lucky to be complimented at all: when you demonstrate such talent, commercial awareness and understanding of what women want to wear, there’s no way you could possibly be vilified! I caught up with her on jewellery making, business and her favourite city, London…

What do you love about your job?

My favourite part of the job is the buying of course! I’ll buy loads of supplies and lay them all out on a big table and then pick and choose bits and pieces, seeing which colours work really well together – it’s very satisfying.

What kind of girl do you envisage wearing your jewellery?

The type of girl who would wear Lily King jewellery would be a minimalist with a love of colour and quirk!

What do you think marks you out from other jewellery designers?

I think my designs are unique due to their simplicity and dainty charm. They’re not high fashion pieces, so are more timeless and classic. I try and design all of my pieces to be perfect for everyday wear – the perfect day to night jewellery.

What’s next for you and your business?

At the moment, I’m looking into expanding a little with the online shop. I would like to start working with other independent designers and getting more accessories in the shop – mainly scarves and bags to start with. It’s very exciting!

What do you love about Britain today?

Apart from the fantastic weather of course? Mainly the amazing variety of London, you could never get bored living here! Also the beautiful countryside and great food!

Rose Blake

Hi Everyone,

This week I caught up with the very talented London based illustrator Rose Blake, to find out more about her work. With illustration being such a competitive industry, it is all the more impressive to see someone so young, having already achieved such a lot. Rose won a D+AD Best New Blood Award in 2009, and completed her MA in Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art in 2011. As if that isn’t enough, Rose has built up an impressive cliental, including the likes of bbc.co.uk, asos.com, the times and google. Being the daughter of world famous artist Sir Peter Blake may leave many feeling over shadowed, but not Rose. She’s carved out a name for herself, and is currently standing strong in the world of illustration. A name I think we’ll all be hearing a lot more of. Here’s what she had to say:

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Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?

I am an illustrator based in London. I also run the music site www.studiomusic.fm and work with the collective This Is It.

How would you describe your creative/illustrative style?

Colourful, bright, graphic, fun.

You’ve had some fantastic achievements already in your career, where do you hope to be in 5 years time?

 Oh god, I suppose I just want to be a lot busier doing a lot more diverse projects. Hopefully I will have a dog too.

The Gola campaign is called ‘Born in Britain’ Who are what in British culture today inspire you and your work?

Bowie!

Do you ever feel pressure following on from your father’s amazing legacy in fine art?

No, I think that’s a pressure very much created by other people. My dad is very supportive and it’s never really been an issue with me. I think other people tend to think about it a lot more than I do.

You’ve worked with ASOS in the past, and you also design and sell t-shirts on your website. Would you hope to move more into fashion in the future? 

Yes, I’d really like to work a lot more with print and pattern, if there are any designers out there that want to collaborate!

What would your biggest piece of advice be for any aspiring illustrators out there?

To be honest it’s an incredibly hard and competitive industry. I would say to keep pushing your personal work, read a lot, talk to interesting people, remember to eat well and just keep going!

 Finally, are there any projects you currently have on the go, that our readers can look out for in the future?

Keep checking Studio Music as every week we add two new playlists. Also I regularly update little paintings at playlist-painting.tumblr.com

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With such a bright and dynamic style, I’m sure you’ll love Rose’s work just as much as I do. It’s always refreshing to speak to someone very talented, but still very down to earth and a complete pleasure to interview! I hope you guys enjoyed this. Let me know what you think in the comments below and I’ll be back soon ! Until then why not check Rose’s website for the latest news of her work, and to also buy exclusive t-shirt designs featuring some of her best illustrations. You lucky folks!

 
Katie