The lamp shades are made in a wet paper mache process, using a Japanese paper called Kinwashi. The process requires several layers of paper. Each layer is wet, weak and fragile when it is applied but tightens up like a drum when dry. Four layers of the Kinwashi forms a luminous shell. Once the shell is completed, the shade can be tarted up with pattern work.
Inspiration comes from all corners: Islamic tiles, Japanese kites, African houses. After the design is drawn out, the pattern parts are cut from a variety of decorative papers. Every stripe, flower and dot is hand cut and individually placed. Jil often works with clients to answer specific project needs. Jil’s background in textile design gives her an ability to generate patterns, make coordinates and scale the motif up and down quickly to suit the design parameters.