As a color, sepia is a warm, rich red-brown named for the ink of Sepia cuttlefish. As a treatment, sepia is a process by which black-and-white photographs are made to assume a warmer tone by chemically converting metallic silver into a sulfide compound able to withstand pollutants. With either meaning, sepia connotes a warm, rich, basic, natural beauty. The Sepia features vintage glass and draws upon this beauty with both lustrous and matte colors, including a pop of light sky blue. It is designed to wrap the wrist twice, creating a stackable layered look. Orli says, “Technically, sepia toning involves only two colors: sepia and white. Apparently, it’s a bit difficult for me to stay away from adding a pop of something else! I think the addition of the blue, particularly the shape of these beads, with their waffle-like depressions, makes this bracelet really eye-catching in a familiar, comforting way.”
Orli likes beautiful things, and in this, she suspects that she is not alone. In fact, she suspects that you may agree. After all, form often follows function, but within form, there are multitudinous opportunities to amplify aesthetic appeal. Enter the movements of applied art, an all-encompassing approach to art and creativity that reaches far beyond the fine arts to touch industrial design and everyday objects with aesthetic design. Using fluid draping, clear and strong colors both bright and soft, and Orli’s characteristically deft blending of vintage and modern styling, Aesthete pieces are inspired by four such movements: Bauhaus, Art Neouveau, Art Deco, and Arts and Crafts.