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Pasimenterie Ornaments

By Jill Garber

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During the 1950’s arts and crafts were an integral part of everyday family life, especially in our home. My mother studied to be a costume designer in Los Angeles at the Wolf School, but came to Saginaw to pick up a brand new Buick Special convertible ordered from my grandfather after WWII. This was the serendipitous “coming together” moment our family was born.

Some of my best childhood memories consisted of drawing on the back side of left over wallpaper, painting furniture, sewing and making ornaments from eggs. My mother was creatively inspirational to me in every way, and I carried our shared artistic dreams in my heart as left home to study at Parsons School of Design in New York. Creating and designing is what I was born to do and making beautiful things was my mission.

After moving to Los Angeles I continued to create my ornaments from eggs. Drawing on a wealth of experiences as a home decor designer, my simple little ornaments evolved into meticulous little works of art.

After hundreds of requests to offer them for sale, in 2008 I launched Pasimenterie Ornaments as a design Collection. Hand crafted with antique jewelry, beadwork, embroidery and opulent “passimenterie” trims combined together in my own unique way upon lush silk velvet. Collectible Ornaments inspired by some of my favorite things – Baroque style, Belle Epoque in Paris and a hand embroidered bejeweled ivory silk dress, Circa 1940’s that my mother had treasured.

The world around us has become disposable in so many ways. Traditions are lost in our often frantic lives where families live miles apart, and sentimental items with little monetary value treasured by loved ones, often end up in estate sales. As artist and designer it is my mission to create works of art as “tokens of love” that remind us to stop for a moment and look with our hearts.

If you ask us how long it takes to craft one of my ornaments, everyone around me will give you the very same answer. A lifetime.

From my heart to yours,


6 Thoughts to Pasimenterie Ornaments

  1. Teri Reply December 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Jill, I absolutely love the beauty you bring to the world!!

    • Jill Garber Reply December 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      Aww Terry. How kind of you to say this. When I write in the bio that the only thing I ever wanted to be was a designer, what I really mean to say is that the only thing I really ever wanted to do was to create things that make the world a more beautiful place. No matter what is going on in life – my efforts have never changed. This is how I live. Thank you for noticing – it is deeply appreciated. xoxo

  2. Nancy Champagne Reply February 11, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    You are a wonderful creator of beauty.
    I hope you never stop and will follow your art and creations as long as I can.
    Thank you for sharing

    • Jill Garber Reply February 11, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      Dear Nancy, As an artist I speak best with my hands in creating what I see in my minds eye, and feel in my heart. Each work holds meaning, and gives purpose to my life. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for noticing, and even more for sharing with me as it cheers me onward. A quote told to me by an artist friend of my mothers as a child, I have lived by throughout my life – ” an artist does not create because they want to, but rather they create because they have to.” To be appreciated is a gift. Fondly, Jill

  3. Patsy Lozano Reply February 21, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Your story is as beautiful as your creations. Thanks for filling my day with beauty.

    • Jill Garber Reply February 21, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Dear Patsy,
      Thank you so much for your gracious comment. My work is my great purpose and it means so much when it is appreciated. Sending love, Jill


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