Orli thrives among color, texture, imagination, and creativity. She applies her knowledge of and experience with metals, stones, beads, and other materials to her unique designs. Featuring an aesthetic drawing inspiration from anything and everything, Orli’s diverse range of work embodies her love of distinctive style, interesting elegance, and inimitable beauty. Orli loves to engage imaginatively and artistically with her materials and thoughts, relishing the natural resonance of the creative process. In her own words and those of other artists, Orli explains her outlook in more detail.
On creative thinking:
"The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not-very-good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting." John Cleese
Art doesn’t always start out as something artistic. It usually starts out as a concept that you might be tempted to ignore until you actually start thinking about it. Eventually, it leads you to something awesome, but not before you just finished an extremely convoluted journey to get there. That convoluted journey is one of my favorite aspects of creative work. I think there is a gift is in the journey of investigating an idea that seems totally nonsensical at first. You never know where your own thoughts and observations may lead, and the fun is allowing yourself to go on that wild ride to unlikely corners of your own mind. I like to surprise myself on the long and winding road that leads to something really great.
On artistic diversity:
"The good news is that, since almost no one will be selling art, artists – especially emerging ones – won’t have to think about turning out a consistent style or creating a brand. They'll be able to experiment as much as they want." Jerry Saltz
I enjoy converting inspiration into a practical piece of jewelry that tells a story and represents a meaning. That inspiration is often random, so creation can also be random, and I think that’s great. I don’t want to reject inspiration simply for the sake of consistent branding. That just isn’t worth it. I see my inspiration through to completion, which results in diversity across my work. I invite you to be intrigued, rather than thrown, by this diversity, since it allows me to create something for everyone.
On aesthetic surprises:
"I think it's the tension between what seems to be so rigid and cliched and the fact that art really can't be this way." Roy Lichtenstein
Surprises are intriguing, unusual, and extraordinary, and they result in excitement and fascination. They often come about because of unexpected and memorable twists, and I have a natural tendency to give my jewelry such twists. There’s always something unexpected in my work. I encourage you to spend time with my work; you’ll discover an unusual construction, a unique shape, an intriguing play of surface, texture, color, material, and perhaps all of the above. My jewelry is sometimes simple and sometimes bold, but I strive to ensure that it always has something interesting going on.
“Color does not add a pleasant quality to a design – it reinforces it.” Pierre Bonnard
It’s easily discernible that I love color. Color is everywhere, and I’ve always been fascinated by the nuances of how colors, both light and dark and soft and bright, interact with one another and how they can make you feel. Each of the myriad hues, even blacks and whites, has its own vibe, and I love to mix and match different shades with different textures and shapes to create a cohesive design that comes together naturally.
"Making art, good art, is always a struggle. It can make you happy when you pull it off. There's no better feeling. It's beauteous, but it's always about hard work and inspiration and sweat and good ideas." Damien Hirst
My creations start as ideas that come from anywhere and everywhere. Then, piece by piece and process by process, they become real. Engaging in any form of creative and artistic expression is a complicated but exhilarating process. In this process, I draw on a foundation of experience and working knowledge of materials and processes. I use those that align best with my design, from searching for just the right stone with just the right color and quality to continually testing the comfort and contours of the finished product. Using my skills and working hard to make art is really gratifying and fun.
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament." Oscar Wilde
All of my work is subject to my convictions regarding standards and quality. Jewelry has to be practical, durable, and comfortable in addition to being unusual, special, and fantastical. Therefore, I wouldn’t feel good or right allowing my work held to anything but the highest standards of quality, artistry, and craftsmanship. When you invest in my work, you acquire a unique piece that’s been checked, double-checked, triple-checked, and then checked some more. I wouldn’t allow you to receive anything less than my personal best.
"Good work ain't cheap. Cheap work ain't good." Sailor Jerry
Simply put, you get what you pay for. My prices are what they are because I’m a jeweler, not just a jewelry designer, and my work is hand-made. Seriously. This means that I physically bring my ideas into existence. I subscribe to the original definition of handiwork; my work is made by hand. If you’re interested in a unique combination of artistry, skill, and innovation that results in unique, one-of-a-kind, accept-no-substitutes work, then you have arrived.
“Thank you. Thank you very much.” Elvis Presley
Thanks for everything, Jeff. For MAGSS.