Lily Freedman recently graduated with her BFA in Product Design at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. She went to high school at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, with a focus in drawing and sculpture, which she supplemented with classes in photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Parsons Paris. At Parsons, she discovered her passion for hands-on making, and for the rewarding process of giving physical form to an abstract idea. How she comes to the final product is just as important as the piece itself. Her style is refined, and meticulous, with hints of playfulness.
She enjoys the decelerated process of working with clay, which contrasts with the fast pace of living in the city and compliments her meticulous style. Her favorite ceramic process is slip casting because it offers both mass production capabilities and the ability to create one-of-a-kind pieces like the Unity Bowl which she designed when studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. The lost wax process lets her design rings that indulge her love of detail. She is exhilarated by the challenge of creating thin, delicate rings from the rich, fragile wax and then solidifying them in metal.
Lily is fascinated by the intersection of food and design; she wants her designs to bring people together in the way that food does. Whether it is through the overall dining experience, through specifics of tableware, or through the ways different cultures express themselves in cuisine, finding those connections informs her recent work.
Lily believes that designing responsibly means making high quality, long-lasting products. By making the design process legible in her work, she hopes to inspire users to look into the story of their creation, and to learn about making and design.
Resume available upon request