Signing a work of art is a mark of originality and authenticity to protect the work, design
and owner. Some works are easier to sign than others: in many, Lilly simply beads her name
in, such as with the back of the purse shown here.
Sometimes Lilly has a smaller area on a sculpture and weaves in " L-i-l "or "L-I-L."
Occasionally, Lilly has no space and includes a "Spirit Bead" of an different
color and style, representative of her signature. The significance of this bead pertains
to ancient Indian tradition, when Indians would weave a spirit path into their work so that
their spirit would not become trapped in the work.
Whether it's a full signature, abbreviated name, or spirit bead, Lilly makes an effort
to personalize every work. So look carefully and you will see Lilly's mark on these distinctive