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Location:
Carmel
Medium:
Metalsmithed Jewelry
FEATURED WORK
Lily Pai

“A central theme that I like to bring out in my jewelry is ‘life’ – in all its beauty, the connections we make, the delicate balance, the colorfulness, the contrasts, the emotions we experience as we go through life’s roller coaster journey.”

Artists who describe the evolution of their work as a journey don’t mean it as literally as Lily Pai does. Her journey to Indiana, from India, was by way of the United Kingdom and a career in architecture. Love of details – the precision of lines, measurements, angles, asymmetry – led to what she now calls her passion, blossomed here in the Hoosier State.

“Indiana has enabled my life to be filled with an appreciation for culture and art,” she said. “Here I have developed some deep friendships that help during the good times, as well as the dark moments, of life. My experiences here have developed in me a larger purpose to impact the community, be it in enhancing education for kids or enabling women to emerge stronger.”

In Indianapolis, she enhanced her own education, taking a metalsmithing class at the Indianapolis Art Center. “Over the last 10 years, I have been able to learn and express my art there,” she said, “working across various aspects of metalsmithing – designing necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and experimenting with hollow forms and enamel.

“A central theme I like to bring out in my jewelry is ‘life’ – in all its beauty, the connections we make, the delicate balance, the colorfulness, the contrasts, the emotions we experience as we go through life’s roller coaster journey. All of this is exemplified by my unique, elegant jewelry.”

Lily’s work in sterling silver and copper metals incorporates semi-precious beads, gemstones, enamel, and gold accents to bring out colors and hues that enhance her art. “Each of my pieces strive to bring out various aspects of life in today’s world,” she said. “The interconnected hand-made link chains depict the connectivity we have with others – family, friends, colleagues. The inscribed rings reflect the various bubbles or activities we hold together through the phases of life. Other elements show the delicate balance we strive to achieve in our lives – be it the asymmetric lines or the delicate components that hold a piece together.”

Lily uses both a rolling mill and hammers to add texture to her designs, soldering her components together to ensure durability. She says she focuses attention on both the emotion she wants “her audience” to connect with while also ensuring her jewelry has an elegant, comfortable and durable feel to it.

“I create lightweight hollow forms to bring out three-dimensionality and to make the pieces more comfortable to wear,” she said. “I make hand-crafted linked necklaces to enhance the uniqueness of my art, and I am constantly experimenting. I have incorporated Charles Lewton Brain’s fold-forming technique, the hydraulic press and anticlastic/synclastic forming.”

She says she loves living in Indiana and has connected to the community that has embraced her with hospitality and a willingness to help with her journey during both good and tough times. Of Indiana Artisan, she said, “The organization and members represent the very highest caliber of creative talent in Indiana. My background, my architectural foundations in creative designing and my journey from India to Indiana will enhance the diversity of the brand. It will allow me and my jewelry expressions to connect further with the wonderful people of Indiana, expanding the brand to be more reflective of the inviting hospitality and welcoming nature of this state that continues to embrace an ever-increasing culturally diverse population that defines today’s Indiana.”