Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What to Wear: Adorn Yourself for the Holidays

Holiday ornaments aren't just for trees. Adorn yourself with our Garland Jewelry and sparkle all the way through the season and beyond.  Read on for a sneak peek into the studio of the artist who brings us these beckoning baubles!

After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, our artist Donya Lynn O'Brien combined the skills she learned there with her commitment to domestic production and opened her own studio. As a result, her collection is entirely handmade in the USA in Greenport, NY, on the east end of Long Island.  

 The artist in her studio

Each ornamental embellishment is hand enameled, stacked, layered, wired and hand set into prong castings creating the signature "dimensional" look.  Unique pairings of new and vintage components, resin, wood, crystal and other assorted mixed media give these pieces their rich textures and color combinations.

Vintage Garland Link Bracelet

Donya created our pretty pieces with inspiration from the floral motifs and sumptuous colors found in the paintings of one of her favorite artists, Frida Kahlo. 
Who says holiday decor can't be whimsical and wearable, contemporary and classic? Our art inspired Garland Jewelry will add the right amount of visual interest to any ensemble. Go ahead, adorn yourself.

 Purchase our items form this collection here. 
Happy Holidays from the Museum Shop!

To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 

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