Olivia Marie Handcrafted Adornment radiates whimsy and enchantment just like the eclecticists, romantics, and dreamers for whom it is designed. Steeped in quirkiness and nostalgia, these one-of-a-kind and limited production pieces of jewelry and objets d’art are imaginative, historically reverent, and distinctive. Olivia Marie salutes you for celebrating your individuality and hopes to adorn your odyssey through this vibrant and precious life.
"I use my hands to express what's in my head and heart."
Olivia Marie Suffern is equal parts artist, designer, and craftswoman. Fascinated with all things miniature since she was miniature herself, she spent her childhood collecting figurines and building “fairy homes” out of twigs and flower petals in her back yard. These early creative endeavors fueled her predilection for intricacy and logically progressed into a passion for the process and scale of jewelry making. She discovered the art of metalsmithing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she received her B.F.A. in 2014.
Awash in ambition to pursue her calling, Olivia relocated to her native city of Cincinnati, OH to set up her studio in the only place she could afford; her parents' garage. Making the most of her humble atelier, she launched her line and began exhibiting in boutiques and gallery shows. Olivia's technical prowess blossomed under the guidance of world renowned instructor Blaine Lewis at New Approach School for Jewelers in Franklin, TN. She currently resides in New York City once again, and works out of her studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Exhibitions & Awards
VISUAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE NYC Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, 2016-17 Season
EARRINGS GALORE Heidi Lowe Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 2016
THE GOLDEN TICKET JURIED ART EXHIBITION Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2015
UNDER 30 POP UP Brazee Street Studios, Oakley, OH, 2015
WHEATON ARTS GLASS WEEKEND '15 Represented by Hedone Gallery, Millville, NJ, 2015
OUTSTANDING MERIT AWARD Pratt Institute Department of Fine Arts, 2014
MASS AND VELOCITY Society of North American Goldsmiths Student Slideshow, Boston, MA, 2014
PRATT INSTITUTE DESIGN SHOW Manhattan Center, Manhattan, NY, 2014
B.F.A. JEWELRY THESIS Rubelle and Norman Schaffler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
JUNIOR YEAR JEWELRY SHOWCASE Juliana Curran Terian Design Center, Brooklyn, NY 2013
True to its appellation, Olivia Marie Handcrafted Adornment is created by hand, imbuing each piece with spirit and novelty. Olivia's studio practice incorporates an arsenal of techniques including casting, forging, soldering and fabrication; polishing, enameling, stone setting and more. Each new design spurs an exciting technical challenge, and Olivia spends countless hours in her workshop transforming her ideas into tangible, wearable works of art.