Lily Mordà has been collecting beads and designing jewellery since she was a teenager in the early 1980's. She first got into beading after her friend Tracy discovered some amazing 1920's "Flapper" earrings made by her grandmother stashed away in her attic. Inspired by the beauty and intricacy of these unique earrings, the two girls set out to make similar pieces of their own.

But it wasn't until Lily began working at San Francisco's famous "General Bead" in the late 1980's that the idea to open a bead shop of her own first came to her. She did just that, after moving to Seattle, Washington in 1989, where she opened a bead shop called Sound City Bead. Little did Lily know that this would be the beginning of a long career as both a jewellery designer and bead shop owner that would span two continents.

After marrying glass bead artist Tim James in 1999, and moving to Italy, Lily's career as both an international jewellery designer and teacher began to take a new direction. In addition to collaborating with her husband and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces which are sold to customers all over the world, she also spends much of her time teaching to both the local community as well as to international students who come to take her classes from around the globe.

Lily believes that beading is not only a relaxing and rewarding creative activity, but also an incredible opportunity for cultural exchange among students from different cultures and backgrounds.

At the end of 2011, after more than a decade living in Italy (4 years in the Tuscan town of Lucca and 8 in the heart of the Florence artisan district, the Oltrarno), Lily and her family made the decision to relocate their lives and business to Brighton, England.


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