Jewelry Designer Profile: Caroline Whittington Young, Owner of Giantlion - Richmond, Virginia


Hey, Caroline! Thanks for chatting with us. What inspires you most?

People and nature.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Honest, passionate, dreamer.

When did you know you wanted to be a jewelry designer?

I’ve loved making things as long as I can remember. I fell into jewelry designing while dabbling in it during a break from my ceramic work.

What’s the meaning of Giantlion and was was it founded?

Giantlion was founded in 2011 with no meaning in particular actually. I was looking for a name that was a bit exclusive. In the brainstorming days of the brand, a friend came up with the name - and it stuck.

Describe your design process.

Inspiration and ideas turn into sketches and then prototypes in base metals.

What’s a typical day like?

I am a Mom to a wild child daughter first and foremost. Each day varies from juggling play-dates to tackling e-mails, delegating jewelry production, packing orders, designing, keeping my home in order and attempting to cook a decent meal.

Tell us the best part of your day.

Getting my 2 year old ready for the day and my first sip of coffee!

What’s your favorite design?

Droplet Necklace I and II are my favorites.

How do you balance work and life?

I’m not sure- but it all (mostly) gets done somehow. I schedule my week every Sunday and I block schedule everyday the night before. I always leave some room for flexibility, but I try to stick to a routine or I’d go totally crazy.

Which art forms and artists inspire you?

Painting was my first love. Lucien Freud is my favorite.

Any advice for aspiring artists?

Making a career out of your passion shouldn’t be the end goal. Keep doing what fulfills you artistically and allows you to grow.

Tell us what’s most challenging about being a women-owned, small business owner?

Wearing soooo many hats. No days off, ever! (laughs)

Share your favorite place to travel.

Barcelona. Loved the people, the scenery, the food and the nightlife.

What’s the art community like in Richmond?

The Artist community in Richmond is AMAZING and growing. Many of my friends in the city are also designers, makers, and or business owners. We support one another emotionally, share tips, collaborate on products and events.

Tell us your hopes for FNF.

I’ d love to meet the other artists in the FNF community. So much talent and beauty.

Meredith Brockington