What started as a hobby, over ten years ago, has turned into a full fledged business for new Oakland resident, (by way of Brooklyn), jewelry designer Jaclyn Mayer of Orly Genger. Working from home gives her the ability to be a working mom to their 16 month old son, even when it’s not the easiest of tasks to juggle the two. “My child is now 16 months old and it gets harder and harder to work at home as he’s getting to an age where he needs constant attention and supervision. “When I was living in Brooklyn I took him with me everywhere. To all my factories and suppliers. They all loved him. I had to plan work that I did at home around his nap schedule. Otherwise we would be out running around the city.” said Jaclyn.
Mixing her love of vintage finds with handmade treasures from their travels or made by friends, her home, which she shares with her husband and son, adds a layer of warmth to her home studio and each piece has a story. “Most of the art is by people I know. It makes the pieces more special to me when I look at them. Not only do I think about the picture but I get to think about the friend who made it. The big drawing in our living room above the couch is by one of my closest friends, Orly Genger. She is also my jewelry partner. She gave it to us as a wedding present. So I get to think about 3 things when I look at it. The drawing, Orly, and our wedding! I love that.” Jaclyn recalls.
Staying organized when you share your work space with your family can be tricky. Jaclyn has found a way for the two to blend seamlessly. “By nature I can be a bit of a hoarder. So I have to do major clean outs periodically. Moving was probably the best thing for me as it forced me to go through my studio and get rid of things I’d been saving for 10 years. I have to keep everything in labelled bins. Otherwise I wouldn’t ever be able to find anything.”
When asked what song or band her home makes her think about when you walk in, Jaclyn replied, “My husband is obsessed with records. He has over 3ooo of them so that record player is in constant use. I don’t think I can pick one song or band as we listen to so many different types of music. If I had to pick one, maybe Fleetwood Mac, only because it’s one we both agree on so gets listened to a lot!”
If this is what she and her husband could do with a tiny Brooklyn apartment, I can only image what her new home in Oakland will bring.
Photography by Carolina Mariana Rodriguez