gillion featured in harper’s bazaar arabia

harper’s bazaar arabia june 2019

the talking point

“from mideast to midwest”, by historian + journalist alexander aubry

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black glass ring by gillion carrara, chicago metalsmith

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lead crystal, lacquered wood and briar root cuff bracelets by gillion carrara, chicago metalsmith

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spaulted hardwood cuff bracelet by gillion carrara, chicago metalsmith

new glass tableware

new this spring – tableware – hand blown hard danish glass cordial glasses on a custom made black dyed wooden tray. also new this spring – hand blown hard danish glass tumblers.


new glass jewelry


new work shown recently with my design collective; we are MATERIAL at the ace hotel in a material lab with five other designers and in two private art-filled homes.


hand blown hard danish glass fragrance bottle which could also hold a blossom in water worn on a handmade chord and silver chain necklace.


hand blown hard danish glass spheres and silver chain necklace.

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hand blown hard danish glass tubes on silver chain necklace.

alfonso carrara at galerie kornfeld – berlin, 2019.


Alfonso Carrara drawings currently on view at the Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin, in the group exhibition Chicago Grid curated by Jan Tichy.

While spending summers in and around Siena Italy from 1990 to 2005, Alfonso would remove pages from any number of paperback books, read or not. He would give attention to the text, whether written in English, French, or Italian. He responded with a drawing on the page, and on occasion, he felt the urge to draw on both sides. As always, he stored each drawing in a cardboard box or gave them as signed gifts. He continued to archive every line drawing to his death in 2010. There are five 9×12 cardboard boxes containing these artistic expressions.

He was my muse.

Gillion Carrara


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we are material design collective

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MATERIAL is a collective of designers with a shared commitment to a creative practice that redefines the intersection of artisanal tradition with contemporary silhouettes.

MATERIAL will create curated, experiential gatherings in artist spaces that address an aspect of the design practice, such as ideation, collection design, and material sourcing.

We believe that audiences and designers benefit by a more meaningful dialogue. By bringing together diverse designers and artisans who create and manufacture locally, we intend to rekindle this designer-patron relationship in a MATERIAL way.

GILLION CARRARA is a Chicago-based metalsmith and academic whose creative process is fueled by her interest in exploring the relationship between materials, function and fabrication. Reflecting her preference for solitary work, she carefully sculpts and molds natural and industrial materials such as silver, horn, shell, wood, and stainless steel sourced locally and internationally. The results are sensual and tactile accessories and objects that have earned her a following among collectors around the world. She is the founding director of the School of the Art Institute Fashion Resource Center and is a member of the faculty.

ANDREA REYNDERS’s designs reflect and define the space between body and garment, dreams and reality and the relationship between our private worlds and our lived expressions of being. This aesthetic approach inspires a vision of dressing that appeals to women and men. Professor Emeritus of the School of the Art Institute’s Fashion Department, and currently Design Director at the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s, she continues to nurture designers internationally.

ANNA BROWN brings a background in modern art and comparative literature in Spanish and Portuguese to clothing design. Her collection research includes historical menswear and workwear, twentieth-century art and design, and the built environment’s interaction with nature. While always interested in volume, proportion, and dynamic asymmetry, her practice is guided by inventive forms that are true to modern life. She currently works from her storefront studio in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

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