“We have known each other since second grade, and have always wanted to be entrepreneurs!” says Emery Lloyd of her Lillie Jayne embroidery business partner, Mya Bateman. The 14-year-old duo will be first-time participants in Craft Lake City’s Kid Row, a new section of the DIY Festival dedicated to giving young artisans an opportunity to sell and share their art among the seasoned pros as well as other emerging creatives.
Lillie Jayne began on March 14, 2017, and features colorful, quirky embroidered designs such as cactuses, hang loose signs and even a balloon animal dog. Lloyd says, “What inspires our embroidery designs are our personal styles, current seasons, the latest fashions and our artwork,” adding, “Lillie Jayne began because we love design and wanted to share it with friends and family.”
The pair works withs an embroidery machine to create their designs, though they see their process through from beginning to end by drawing up designs, sewing, packaging and delivering their products to customers. The creation time can vary based on the intricacy of the design, but each garment is in the hands of the artists for at least an hour.
“My mom always told me that I might like embroidery,” says Lloyd, “so one day, we bought all the supplies needed to hand embroider. I loved it so much that for Christmas, my parents bought me an embroidery machine. I loved that even more and enjoyed putting my own designs into my machine as well! I have now been an embroidery artist for about a year, and it is one of my favorite hobbies.”
As of yet, they’ve not taken any custom orders, but Lillie Jayne is open to doing so—be sure to stop by at the DIY Fest if you’d like to put in a request and see their current stock of goods. Lillie Jayne are looking forward to meeting new vendors, growing their business and representing their personal styles during the course of the festival. Kid Row will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. –Kia McGinnis