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Odette Jewelry: From Sketches to the Steven Alan Showroom

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Welcome to Open Studio, a Racked feature where we explore the workspaces and showrooms of some of the city's most talented designers.

Photos by Driely S.

Jennifer Sarkilahti, the founder and designer behind the Brooklyn-based jewelry brand Odette, has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting, so it makes sense that she treats each and every ring, necklace, bracelet and set of earrings like a tiny masterpiece. Her technique involves sketching and then sculpting each design in wax and casting it in materials like brass, gold, and sterling silver.

From there, they're off to stores like Steven Alan, Reformation, Catbird, and Otte and into the hands of cool girls who appreciate organic shapes and symbols like evil eyes, open triangles, twisted knots, arrows, and hamsas.

"I pull a lot of inspiration from my travels," Jennifer explains. "In the past few years, our collections have been inspired by trips to Greece, Bali, Turkey, California, Hawaii, and New Zealand. I also spend time flipping through art and textile books and looking at ancient artifacts at the Met Museum." Take a look inside her studio after the jump.

· Odette [Official Site]
· All Open Studio Posts [Racked NY]


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