Sadly Lily died August 11, 2010, after a brave fight with cancer. She has been a staunch advocate for fine craft makers and will be sorely missed by the community.
Lily Yung was a Toronto-based print-maker and jeweller of non-precious material. Born in Hong Kong, Yung received her Ph. D. in Immunology at the University of Alberta where she also studied printmaking. She began making jewellery in non-precious materials in 1986. Since 1994, she has been using textile techniques in wires and beads to transform them into exquisite jewellery. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She has won numerous awards in both printmaking and jewellery. Yung was a founding member of the artists run fine craft gallery *new* in Toronto as well as a co-editor of NewViews, a series of notes and reviews on Canadian craft practice.
The Ontario Crafts Council awarded Lily with the Mather Award for 2010.
Information on the award:
John Mather was the founding treasurer of the Crafts Council and, in 1972, was President of the Ontario Crafts Foundation. Prior to the Foundation’s amalgamation with the Canadian Guild of Crafts (Ontario), he foresaw the need for a common voice for crafts in the province and stated, “A single organization acting on behalf of the craftspeople could exert considerable influence”. As president of Indusmin Limited, John Mather established that company’s unique collection of crafts. After his death in 1977, Indusmin honoured John Mather through the establishment of the John Mather Fund, which is administered by the Executive Committee of the Crafts Council.