By Jill Garber
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,