Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer began with one necklace in 2009; a piece that symbolizes the impetus for a vibrantly distinct jewelry collection. 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. Mayer decided to make a necklace out of the rope lying around the studio floor. Genger wore the piece to her opening and grabbed the attention of top fashion editors, as well as coveted influencers in the jewelry industry. 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 and fruitful business.
Since its inception, OGJM has graced the pages of Vogue, ELLE, Harpers Bazaar, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Surface to name a few top tier publications. The collection has been featured online on Style.com, Refinery 29, Daily Candy, The Cut, NBC’s The Thread, along with countless other fashion blogs. OGJM has also had the privilege to collaborate with other well-respected designers within the fashion industry including VPL, WHIT, and Lela Rose. OGJM also collaborated with J.Crew in Spring 2012 to produce mass marketed jewelry that is not only artfully crafted, but also affordable; this wonderful experience ultimately pushed their design concepts even further, and increased the designers’ exposure to an even larger consumer base. Most recently OGJM collaborated with Mara Hoffman for her Resort/Swim 2015 runway.
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, 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 world. Her works are included in several museum collections including The Museum of Modern art, Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Hammer Museum, The Albright-Knox Gallery, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Most recently she has installed Red, Yellow, and Blue in New York City's Madison Square Park, which will be on display from May 2nd until September 8th, 2013.
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. Mayer was then featured in the magazine as “One To Watch”, which lead to a direct order from Barneys New York. 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 worked with designers such as Ulla Johnson and Jane Mayle before joining forces with Genger to establish the collection that is now, Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer.