About Lily Andersen
Making things by hand has always been in my blood. I grew up in Nelson BC, Canada, which is a hot bed for artists and creative people. My mom is a seamstress and an accomplished knitter so there was plenty of opportunity to learn.
When I was 10, I made macrame bracelets for friends and family and ended up creating a small but lucrative business in my community. Now in my 40’s I am building yet another small business around the jewelry, but now with a focus on metalsmithing.
2 years ago I completed the Jewelry Diploma program at Kootenay Studio Arts in Nelson. Not long after, I opened a shop called the Bench Jewelry Studio where I rent workspaces to other silversmiths and provide a safe and creative work environment for them to fabricate their own collections.
Giving back is one of the more important parts of my business. $2 from each purchase goes to The Toolbox Initiative, a grassroots organization supplying tools to jewelers in West Africa. I’ve also collaborated with the Aboriginal Mother Centre in Vancouver, BC. They help women and children who are at risk and are transitioning back into society and the work force. This experience taught me the importance of service and how to back to communities who need it most.
Each piece of jewelry has it’s own story and that story grows as the piece travels from my sketchbook to my workbench to the wearer. I get to imagine the special moments that lie ahead for each item that I design. This is one of the many satisfying and interesting parts of what I do.
Thanks for reading and enjoy my shop! You can also visit me at www.lilyandersen.com
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The Toolbox Initiative
We are helping communities one piece of jewelry at a time.
$2 from each sale with Lily Andersen Jewelry will be donated to the Toolbox Initiative.
Matthieu Cheminée is a jeweler, teacher, author, and photographer who has been visiting West Africa and researching the jewelry trade there for almost 20 years.
Tim McCreight is a jeweler, teacher, author, and publisher who has written and produced dozens of books and videos covering all aspects of modern metalsmithing.
These two founders collect donations of new or gently used tools and silver and deliver them directly to hardworking jewelers, primarily in West Africa.
Through a partnership with Rio Grande Jewelry Supply in the US, any cash donations are used to buy tools at a special discount for these artists. No currency is exchanged with those communities, all tools and materials are distributed to working jewelers at no cost.
Lily Andersen Jewelry began contributing to The Toolbox Initiative in 2015 because of my strong belief in the service of giving. To me, artistic creativity and collaboration is cross cultural and has no boundaries. I support causes that are making a difference in the world and by doing this, I feel it creates a stronger global community of jewelers.
The jewelers that we support through the Toolbox Initiative are able to create more thriving businesses because of these contributions.
For more information on this cause and how you can become involved,
visit their website here: www.toolboxinitiative.org