Interview: An Appetite for Jewelry with Lucy Folk.
by Alice Byrne
Lucy Folk is young, vibrant Melbourne based jewelry designer, who bases her stand-out designs around food – nibbles, pasta and seafood! Her current collection is based on Mexican dishes, titled Taqueria. The taco pieces in particular are incredible.
Her background is in Silver and Gold-smithing, and after graduating university, she combined her love of food and jewelry to launch her distinctive range of “wearable food”.
Lucy has recently secured international stockist’s such as Colette in Paris, Harvey Nichols and Oak in Brooklyn NYC. Lucy’s website features a range of bold and spirited designs, including rings, necklaces and cufflinks. Visit www.lucyfolk.com for further information.
Alice: your jewelry is so unique, how did you get in to it?
Lucy: I started classes once a week, whilst I was at high school. I loved making something I could wear, and working with precious metals felt special.
Alice: People wouldn’t usually put jewelry and food together, what made you decide to?
Lucy: My family is heavily into food, it’s almost an obsession as you can see !! My father used to have cafe’s in Melbourne and my sister and I would always help out in the kitchen. Now we just enjoy the culinary scene in Australia, as it really is fabulous. We have the best produce and a great veggie garden that keeps us sustained. I decided to make food jewelry as it was kind of a joke. I wanted to make something that was fun and food is something everyone can identify with. It is almost absurd to wear a very expensive corn chip around one’s neck, but that is what I love about it ! It references my life and desire to eat delicious food.
Alice: What is it that inspires you?
Lucy: Traveling, art, food, life – it is all inspiring.
Alice: What is your proudest achievement to date?
Lucy: This would have to be the launch party I threw in sydney last year for my taqueria range. It was so much fun and my collection was housed in a giant taco that measured 5.5m in length and 2.5m in height. It was bright pink on the inside and gold on the outside and it was lit by 30 naked light globes that ran along the edge of the taco shell. You had to walk through it and there were security guards at either end. It was hilarious. Plus the margaritas went down a treat. It was fun to style the entire event from the delicious mexican food to painting the walls in the space.
Alice: how does it feel to see people wearing your designs?
Lucy: It feels great ! it is so nice to see people, especially my friends and family, wearing something I have created. I really appreciate all the support and feedback people give me. Plus my taco friendship bands have achieved cult status down here in Australia, so it is great seeing everyone in them, spreading the taco love !!
Alice: What do you do for fun?
Lucy: Travel, party, eat out, shop.
Alice: Of all your designs, which is your favorite?
Lucy: I think it would still have to be my popcorn ring. I have the only 18ct yellow gold popcorn ring and let me tell you it is heavy. It looks like a sculpture.
Alice: what is your favorite quote?
Lucy: Live every day as if it is your last.
Alice: Where is your favorite place to go on holiday?
Lucy: Noosa in Queensland, Australia in the summer. When I have the chance to escape to Europe for our Winter that is also fabulous !
Alice: Summer or Winter?
Alice: What is your favorite song at the moment?
Lucy: Second Song by TV on the Radio
Alice: What person inspires you the most?
Lucy: My family
Alice: If you could get one person to wear your designs, who would it be?
Lucy: Chloe Sevigny
Alice: Do you have any bad habits?
Alice: What do you like to read?
Lucy: Vanity Fair, gourmet traveller, Vogue Living, fashion mags, and books when I am on holidays. It’s too hard to read when I am working a lot.
Alice: what is your favorite desert?
Lucy: Crema Catalan
Alice: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Lucy: You can do it ! Just give it a shot.