Orsola’s alarm clock rings early – and ever faithful at the break of dawn, three tail-wagging dogs bid her good morning! A quick cup of coffee and Orsola is already in her workshop s with glass crystals, pincers and scissors laid out in front of her. She follows her creative inspiration – trying things out, making prototypes, and each time producing more satisfying results. The workshop is in a lighthouse which soars up beyond the sand dunes and the lagoon. It is here that the artist gives full rein to her wildest ideas with the changing sea at her doorstep and the historic centre of Venice a boat-ride away. Here, day by day, the work space takes on a different aspect according to the work in hand emerging from the creative disorder on the worktop.
Orsola’s creative process is assisted by the canine presence of Matias, Jack and Toni – her three hovawarts who follow her every gesture and movement. Imagine an angle-poise light beaming on a pure white cloth laid out with Orsola’s materials – a scattering of photos and fashion cuttings. See the paper and pen ready to dash down a sketch or jot down an idea.
An orderly and colourful ambience with radio music playing softly in the background. In the same way as a painter adapts his media to the surface he has chosen, Orsola’s inventiveness constantly experiments with her materials creating new forms and colour combinations. She creates with glass beads, but also with colourful brushwork on her bags, and with fabric and leather that she transforms into beautiful bejewelled clutches we can admire at the showroom!
Her long experience in luxury jewellery and her life in the world of women’s fashion, led Orsola to open an atelier in the heart of the city of Venice. This place reflects the artist’s inimitable talent. It is here that she seeks to provide a memorable experience for her clients and to meet their desire for variety and beauty, ever true to her own aesthetic values. How does she go about it? A glass of chilled prosecco welcomes visitors to Orsola’s world.
They discover her secluded flower garden watched over by the welcoming tortoise, Achille, the genius loci of this space! Ladies, young and old, are invited to share this world which gives pride of place to excellence. Finding inspiration in the life that surrounds her, Orsola works confident that each of her creations will find its way to the client for whom it is strangely destined.
A Tennis player since her childhood and a sun-lover the artist has a dynamic and captivating spirit. She nourishes her craft with love and dedication and during her free time keeps fit by taking long walks with her four-legged friends along the beach. An inventive and enthusiastic craftswoman, Orsola breathes something of her character into each of her creations, developing a personal concept of the jewel – she requires sophistication and craftsmanship in every detail. Would you like to know more about the life of this artist working in the Venetian lagoon? Come and enjoy a refreshing aperitif with her and satisfy your curiosity! The moment has come to give yourself a little treat with a visit to Orsola Mainardis showroom!