7 Austin Must-Hits From Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer

Art museums and cowboy boots (y’all).

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Gotta love a work trip that doubles as a vacation. When Jaclyn Mayer and Orly Genger got the chance to head to Austin—both to do a trunk show for their slick jewelry line and an event for one of Orly’s sicker-than-sick art installations—they made a whole thing of it. They booked a three-day trip, shacked up at the architect Charles Moore’s former house—that’s Jaclyn standing in front of its sick pool above­—and hit the town. Here’s what they think every visitor ought to tackle. —alisha prakash

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Orly: “On Thursday night, I gave a talk about my installation in front of my piece at Laguna Gloria. My piece is called Current and is made out of reclaimed lobster rope that I hand-knotted and painted, then constructed on-site. Laguna Gloria is a beautiful and peaceful location—which I did not want to compete with, but rather embrace. I designed the piece to echo the structural elements of the amphitheater that is already there and built out a barge so that the piece could connect the land to water.”
(3809 W. 35th St.)

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Jaclyn: “We did a little shopping tour of Austin. One of our favorite shops was JM Dry Goods. They specialize in crafts such as weavings, ceramics, jewelry, and clothing. I purchased a lovely Mexican kaftan, perfect for the beach”
(215 S. Lamar, Ste. C)

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Jaclyn: “One afternoon we went to Barton Springs, a staple in Austin. It’s a natural swimming hole where you can get relief from the heat. All you need is five minutes in the cold water, and you’re ready to get back to all the fun Austin has to offer.”
(2201 Barton Springs Rd.)

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Jaclyn: “One of my favorite things to do is to find flea markets. Uncommon Objects is a fun indoor one with loads of bits and bobs. Unfortunately, we didn’t purchase anything this trip—luggage space was tight!”
(1512 S. Congress Ave.)

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Jaclyn: “And of course you can’t leave Austin without shopping for some cowboy boots! Next to Uncommon Objects was this crazy boot shop, Allens Boots. It was fun to look at all the insane patterns and leather!”
(1522 S. Congress Ave.)

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Jaclyn: “On Saturday night, we went to Sway, this beautiful Thai restaurant with an open kitchen. We got to sit at the bar and watch them cook all the meals.”
(1417 S. 1st St.)

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Jaclyn: “One of the reasons for our trip was a trunk show at the shop Valentine’s Too.  Trunk shows are always fun as they are some of the few times we get to personally pick out jewelry for people. It is always a great experience to watch someone fall in love with a piece.”(3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy)

Photo of art installation courtesy of Brian Fitzsimmons of The Contemporary Austin.

You’ve gotta see the ring these two made—it’s a total hit in our book.

 

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Jaclyn Mayer and Orly Genger Borough Hop

Why choose between Manhattan and Brooklyn?

The Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer collaboration—a range of strong, streamlined rope jewelry—is more than just a story of two friends. It’s a tale of two cities—or, well, two boroughs, to be exact. Jaclyn, an accessories designer, works in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn; Orly, an installation artist, works in Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan. They met many moons ago, when Jaclyn was managing an art gallery in Chelsea where Orly was showing her work, and here, the girls share six of the places they keep coming back to, on both sides of the East River. —lydia woolever

MANHATTAN

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Takahachi Sushi
Jaclyn: “This has been a favorite sushi restaurant since college. They have the best fresh fish, and you can look out the window and see different people in the East Village doing their own thing—from young kids to people who’ve been there since the sixties. There’s always interesting style and energy.” (takahachi.net)

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Madison Square Park
Orly: “When the weather’s good, we just hang, sit, chat, and watch the art here. We really loved Jim Campbell’s ”Scattered Light” installation last year—it was all these lights strung on rope in a really beautiful form that somehow echoed the intensity of the crowd.”

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Doyle & Doyle
Jaclyn: “This is a lovely fine jewelry store with an amazing collection, all antiques. Their stuff is totally different from our work, but we can still appreciate it.” (doyledoyle.com)

BROOKLYN

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Spuyten Duyvil
Jaclyn: “We like the casual environment at this Williamsburg spot, and we’re both big wine and cheese lovers. It’s a nice place to talk, have a glass of wine, and discuss ideas. Plus, in the summer, they have a great outdoor seating area.” (spuytenduyvilnyc.com)

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Orly’s Studio
Orly: “The Greenpoint studio is, first and foremost, the place where we hang out and get ideas. It’s a safe place to get really dirty and try new things.”

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Prospect Park
Jaclyn: “We meet here to talk about ideas, have picnics, and listen to live music from the bandshell. It’s right across the street from where I live. From one side of my rooftop, you can see the park. And from the other, you can see over the rooftops to the city.”

We’ve never seen a prettier knot than the ring these two whipped up—check it out.

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Casting Call with Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer

Turning rope into something even stronger.

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The strong, feminine mood board in the Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer studio.

As far as Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer see things, jewelry doesn’t have to be about glitz. Instead, they’ve shaped their line around appealingly tough hunks of metal, layers of candy-colored paint, and rope traditionally used by sailors and climbers. In fact, that last component finds its way into nearly every design the duo dreams up, but it shape-shifts. “We’re inspired by our materials—by what they can do,” Orly explains. “Every season, we think about a new process or technique, and then we exploit it to the fullest.” Get to know one of their coolest approaches: rope casting. —lydia woolever

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Orly: “We’re using malleable materials, and we want to show how something pliable can become tough. We are actually making the soft rope hard by casting it.”
Jaclyn: “We like to stay on the minimal side, but we always try to have juxtaposition—whether it’s the hardness of the metal or the tension of the knots next to the softness of the rope.”

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Orly: “With casting, you take an object—any object—and make a mold of it. Then you remove the object and pour metal into the negative space. So here, we cast the rope into the metal. It looks like rope, but it’s actually metal.”
Jaclyn: “We use a soft white metal that we plate in gold or whatever finish we want. We create the design, and then we have our factory in New York that does the casting.”

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Orly: “What’s nice about the first bracelet we made for Of a Kind is the way it opens and has flexibility in the middle from the real rope. It reminds me of muscle and bone—like the movement of a joint.”

Get in on the black and white rope action of this duo’s amazing new edition!

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Jaclyn Mayer and Orly Genger Borough Hop

Why choose between Manhattan and Brooklyn?

The Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer collaboration—a range of strong, streamlined rope jewelry—is more than just a story of two friends. It’s a tale of two cities—or, well, two boroughs, to be exact. Jaclyn, an accessories designer, works in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn; Orly, an installation artist, works in Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan. They met many moons ago, when Jaclyn was managing an art gallery in Chelsea where Orly was showing her work, and here, the girls share six of the places they keep coming back to, on both sides of the East River. —lydia woolever

MANHATTAN

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Takahachi Sushi
Jaclyn: “This has been a favorite sushi restaurant since college. They have the best fresh fish, and you can look out the window and see different people in the East Village doing their own thing—from young kids to people who’ve been there since the sixties. There’s always interesting style and energy.” (takahachi.net)

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Madison Square Park
Orly: “When the weather’s good, we just hang, sit, chat, and watch the art here. We really loved Jim Campbell’s ”Scattered Light” installation last year—it was all these lights strung on rope in a really beautiful form that somehow echoed the intensity of the crowd.”

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Doyle & Doyle
Jaclyn: “This is a lovely fine jewelry store with an amazing collection, all antiques. Their stuff is totally different from our work, but we can still appreciate it.” (doyledoyle.com)

BROOKLYN

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Spuyten Duyvil
Jaclyn: “We like the casual environment at this Williamsburg spot, and we’re both big wine and cheese lovers. It’s a nice place to talk, have a glass of wine, and discuss ideas. Plus, in the summer, they have a great outdoor seating area.” (spuytenduyvilnyc.com)

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Orly’s Studio
Orly: “The Greenpoint studio is, first and foremost, the place where we hang out and get ideas. It’s a safe place to get really dirty and try new things.”

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Prospect Park
Jaclyn: “We meet here to talk about ideas, have picnics, and listen to live music from the bandshell. It’s right across the street from where I live. From one side of my rooftop, you can see the park. And from the other, you can see over the rooftops to the city.”

These two made us a rope bracelet that will never fray, you have to see it!

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Casting Call with Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer

Turning rope into something even stronger.

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The strong, feminine mood board in the Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer studio.

As far as Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer see things, jewelry doesn’t have to be about glitz. Instead, they’ve shaped their line around appealingly tough hunks of metal, layers of candy-colored paint, and rope traditionally used by sailors and climbers. In fact, that last component finds its way into nearly every design the duo dreams up, but it shape-shifts. “We’re inspired by our materials—by what they can do,” Orly explains. “Every season, we think about a new process or technique, and then we exploit it to the fullest.” Get to know one of their coolest approaches: rope casting. —lydia woolever

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Orly: “We’re using malleable materials, and we want to show how something pliable can become tough. We are actually making the soft rope hard by casting it.”
Jaclyn: “We like to stay on the minimal side, but we always try to have juxtaposition—whether it’s the hardness of the metal or the tension of the knots next to the softness of the rope.”

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Orly: “With casting, you take an object—any object—and make a mold of it. Then you remove the object and pour metal into the negative space. So here, we cast the rope into the metal. It looks like rope, but it’s actually metal.”
Jaclyn: “We use a soft white metal that we plate in gold or whatever finish we want. We create the design, and then we have our factory in New York that does the casting.”

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Orly: “What’s nice about the first bracelet we made for Of a Kind is the way it opens and has flexibility in the middle from the real rope. It reminds me of muscle and bone—like the movement of a joint.”

The duo’s back with a rad new edition on Sunday that you don’t want to miss!

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Jaclyn Mayer and Orly Genger Borough Hop

Why choose between Manhattan and Brooklyn?

The Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer collaboration—a range of strong, streamlined rope jewelry—is more than just a story of two friends. It’s a tale of two cities—or, well, two boroughs, to be exact. Jaclyn, an accessories designer, works in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn; Orly, an installation artist, works in Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan. They met many moons ago, when Jaclyn was managing an art gallery in Chelsea where Orly was showing her work, and here, the girls share six of the places they keep coming back to, on both sides of the East River. —lydia woolever

MANHATTAN

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Takahachi Sushi
Jaclyn: “This has been a favorite sushi restaurant since college. They have the best fresh fish, and you can look out the window and see different people in the East Village doing their own thing—from young kids to people who’ve been there since the sixties. There’s always interesting style and energy.” (takahachi.net)

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Madison Square Park
Orly: “When the weather’s good, we just hang, sit, chat, and watch the art here. We really loved Jim Campbell’s ”Scattered Light” installation last year—it was all these lights strung on rope in a really beautiful form that somehow echoed the intensity of the crowd.”

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Doyle & Doyle
Jaclyn: “This is a lovely fine jewelry store with an amazing collection, all antiques. Their stuff is totally different from our work, but we can still appreciate it.” (doyledoyle.com)

BROOKLYN

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Spuyten Duyvil
Jaclyn: “We like the casual environment at this Williamsburg spot, and we’re both big wine and cheese lovers. It’s a nice place to talk, have a glass of wine, and discuss ideas. Plus, in the summer, they have a great outdoor seating area.” (spuytenduyvilnyc.com)

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Orly’s Studio
Orly: “The Greenpoint studio is, first and foremost, the place where we hang out and get ideas. It’s a safe place to get really dirty and try new things.”

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Prospect Park
Jaclyn: “We meet here to talk about ideas, have picnics, and listen to live music from the bandshell. It’s right across the street from where I live. From one side of my rooftop, you can see the park. And from the other, you can see over the rooftops to the city.”

Score the men’s bracelet the NYC duo made for us! It’s some rope and enamel coolness. 

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Casting Call with Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer

Two old friends tell us about their newest design.


The strong, feminine mood board in the Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer studio.

As far as Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer see things, jewelry doesn’t have to be about glitz. Instead, they’ve shaped their line around appealingly tough hunks of metal, layers of candy-colored paint, and rope traditionally used by sailors and climbers. In fact, that last component finds its way into nearly every design the duo dreams up, but it shape-shifts. “We’re inspired by our materials—by what they can do,” Orly explains. “Every season, we think about a new process or technique, and then we exploit it to the fullest.” Get to know their newest approach: rope casting. lydia woolever

See this technique in action in the rad bracelet the duo made for us. Just 20 of a kind up for grabs!



Orly: “We’re using malleable materials, and we want to show how something pliable can become tough. We are actually making the soft rope hard by casting it.”
Jaclyn: “We like to stay on the minimal side, but we always try to have juxtaposition—whether it’s the hardness of the metal or the tension of the knots next to the softness of the rope.”



Orly: “With casting, you take an object—any object—and make a mold of it. Then you remove the object and pour metal into the negative space. So here, we cast the rope into the metal. It looks like rope, but it’s actually metal.”
Jaclyn: “We use a soft white metal that we plate in gold or whatever finish we want. We create the design, and then we have our factory in New York that does the casting.”



Jaclyn: “We did castings for the first time last fall. In the spring, we started doing impressions—imprinting the texture of the knotted rope into the metal to make these amazing, fossil-like charms. At the time, we were looking at the beach and the boardwalk—the shells and tracks you find in the sand.”
Orly: “What’s nice about this bracelet we made for Of a Kind is the way it opens and has flexibility in the middle from the real rope. It reminds me of muscle and bone—like the movement of a joint.”

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Jaclyn Mayer and Orly Genger Borough Hop

Why choose between Manhattan and Brooklyn?

The Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer collaboration—a range of strong, streamlined rope jewelry—is more than just a story of two friends. It’s a tale of two cities—or, well, two boroughs, to be exact. Jaclyn, an accessories designer, works in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn; Orly, an installation artist, works in Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan. They met many moons ago, when Jaclyn was managing an art gallery in Chelsea where Orly was showing her work, and here, the girls share six of the places they keep coming back to, on both sides of the East River. lydia woolever

MANHATTAN


Takahachi Sushi
Jaclyn: “This has been a favorite sushi restaurant since college. They have the best fresh fish, and you can look out the window and see different people in the East Village doing their own thing—from young kids to people who’ve been there since the sixties. There’s always interesting style and energy.” (takahachi.net)


Madison Square Park
Orly: “When the weather’s good, we just hang, sit, chat, and watch the art here. We really loved Jim Campbell’s "Scattered Light" installation last year—it was all these lights strung on rope in a really beautiful form that somehow echoed the intensity of the crowd.”


Doyle & Doyle
Jaclyn: This is a lovely fine jewelry store with an amazing collection, all antiques. Their stuff is totally different from our work, but we can still appreciate it.” (doyledoyle.com)

BROOKLYN


Spuyten Duyvil
Jaclyn: “We like the casual environment at this Williamsburg spot, and we’re both big wine and cheese lovers. It’s a nice place to talk, have a glass of wine, and discuss ideas. Plus, in the summer, they have a great outdoor seating area.” (spuytenduyvilnyc.com)


Orly’s Studio
Orly: “The Greenpoint studio is, first and foremost, the place where we hang out and get ideas. It’s a safe place to get really dirty and try new things.”


Prospect Park
Jaclyn: “We meet here to talk about ideas, have picnics, and listen to live music from the bandshell. It’s right across the street from where I live. From one side of my rooftop, you can see the park. And from the other, you can see over the rooftops to the city.”

See what the NYC girls made for us: a bold, black ‘n white ‘n gold bracelet that classes up any outfit.

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Meet Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer

These two know how to rope ‘em in.

In 2008, Jaclyn Mayer (right) got together with Orly Genger, who she had met years before at a gallery in Chelsea, to talk about a necklace. Orly, an installation artist who makes giant, knotted rope sculptures, needed something unique to wear to an upcoming show. And she wanted Jaclyn, a jewelry designer who was moving back to NYC after fashion school in London, to make it for her. As they caught up, Jaclyn began to play around with some of the raw materials lying on Orly’s floor. “She just started picking up rope, weaving chain through it, and all of a sudden, there was this delicate, little piece,” Orly says from that same whitewashed studio in Brooklyn where they had their first get-together.

The creation, inspired by Orly’s sculptures, was a hit at the exhibit, and before they knew it, requests started to roll in. They never intended for it to turn into a business, but planned or not, they were onto something. Now in their sixth collection, the two keep pushing their go-to material forward: knotting, casting, and dip-dyeing it. Yes, they’ve sure gotten a lot out of a pile of rope sitting on a dusty cement floor in Brooklyn. lydia woolever

See all that rope the girls are sitting on? Some of it made its way into the bracelet Orly and Jaclyn made for us! Right this way…

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