FASHION

Rising star – Lily Kamper

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Lily Kamper, Textile & Accessories Designer

Being a graduate is tough. Working towards that first break is even tougher. But one person, whose talent for creating achingly cool and covetable accessories and has been in demand pretty much since the day she left the Royal College of Art, is Lily Kamper.

After plenty of exhibitions including Scoop International at the Saatchi Gallery, London and Premier Vision, Paris, along with commissions for Nike and trend-forecaster WGSN, Lily is now producing her A/W 2013 jewellery collection. With a penchant for Perspex and dyes and an inclination for combining unusual materials, Lily’s vision has strong commercial appeal for today’s highly design-conscious market.

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To create her jewellery, small blocks of Perspex, Corian and brass (which are then gold and silver plated) are turned meticulously on a lathe. The Perspex pieces are dip-dyed to create an ombre effect and the handmade process means that every piece is entirely unique.

The collection was inspired by the structures of pillars, temples and pyramids and by the works of Dan Flavin, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Philipp Schaerer, Josef Schulz and Peter Alexander. The architectural nods are clear, resulting in an eye-catching collection of beautifully sculpted pieces, visually striking from every angle, that stand as works of art in their own right.

As an increasingly successful emerging designer, her knowledge is being sought as a judge at this year’s WGSN Global Fashion Awards, joining a distinguished panel of fashion influencers that include Giles Deacon, Rankin, Stephen Jones and Livia Firth. How’s that for good company?

Lily Kamper’s collection is available now at Liberty. www.lilykamper.com