Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer
OGJM (aka Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer) began with one necklace at the start of 2009. Artist Orly Genger was about to open her largest exhibition to date at the Indianapolis Museum of Art when jewelry designer Jaclyn Mayer visited her studio in Long Island City. Jaclyn decided to make a necklace out of the rope lying around the studio floor. Orly wore the piece to her opening which led directly to articles on Style.com and Dazed Digital. When all this happened within the course of a few weeks, both girls realized they had something uniquely their own which could be developed into a successful brand. Since its inception, OGJM has graced the pages of Vogue, ELLE, V, Glamour, Marie Claire, Surface, along with numerous other publications. It’s been featured online at Style.com, Refinery 29, Daily Candy, The Cut, NBC’s The Thread, along with countless other fashion blogs. OGJM has also made the jewelry for the past 5 consecutive VPL runway shows, 2 WHIT shows, and the Spring 2011 runway show for Lela Rose. Most recently OGJM created a collaboration with J.Crew which hits stores in April 2012.
Jaclyn Mayer attended RISD and NYU for her BA. While working for the clothing line Mayle, one of her necklaces caught the eye of an editor from Lucky Magazine. They immediately featured her in the magazine as “One To Watch”, which lead to a direct order from Barneys. Thus began Jaclyn Mayer Jewelry. She went on to study Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design and most recently received an MA from London College of Fashion. She has worked with designers such as Ulla Johnson, Louise Goldin, and Doo.Ri.
Orly Genger studied Fine Arts at Brown University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Using only her fingers as tools and non-traditional materials such as elastic and thick climbing rope, she crochets industrial rope into monumental forms that evoke the seemingly contradictory traditions of minimalist sculpture and women’s handicraft. The technique became the basis for a wave of sculptural works that vary in size from wall hangings to room filled installations, and has since been displayed in numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally. Her works are included in several museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art, the Hood Museum of Art, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.