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Artist Interview

Lila Rice

April 8, 2014

Lila Rice, designer

Lila Rice has that star quality about her--an air of artist, rockstar, fashionista, and the thing you just can't put your finger on that makes her stand out in a room. Basically, we here at Ode all want to wear what Lila Rice makes. Inspired by dichotomies, her eponymous jewelry line is both organic and industrial, antiquated and modern, masculine and feminine.  She's the master of perfect combinations. 

What is one (or two) things every woman should have in her closet?
High-heeled clogs. Definitely. And one or two (or ten) big, cozy cardigans that can be thrown over anything.

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
Probably an earth-toned, crazy-patterned, oversized silk blouse.  Or high-waisted, very tight, well-loved blue jeans. The two together are basically my uniform.

Lila Rice Jewelry

What is the best advice you've ever received? 
Regarding my work: Time and persistence pay, and so does discipline. This is a tough one as a self-employed artist/designer, but it is impossible to survive in any creative field without lots and lots of discipline.  

What are your 5 most listened to songs?
Impossible question!  On heavy rotation in the studio these days: Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage, Thee Oh Sees, The Clean, Sharon Van Etten, Etta James, Mas Ysa, and Paul Simon’s Graceland.

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Actually, just last night.  My boyfriend reenacted the jumping baby goat YouTube video for me unexpectedly and, er, in the buff.  I laughed so hard I had to sit down on the bathroom floor.

Can you send us a photo of something that inspires you and why? 
This is a drawing by Emma Kunz, an artist whose geometric works I just love.  

What are your plans for the future?
I am hoping to expand my wholesale business by moving the studio into a NYC-based retail space with a couple of talented, West Coast designer friends.  

Lila Rice REGALIA COLLECTION 2014 from lila rice jewelry on Vimeo.

Join us on Friday, April 11th from 6-8pm for a chance to shop Lila's latest collections and meet the designer.