The first time we saw one of Gillion Carrara‘s sculptural rings, we couldn’t stop thinking about it. Not surprisingly, the designer herself also leaves a lasting impression upon whomever she meets–be it her students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the guests who visit the school’s Fashion Resource Center (a hidden gem of a library jam-packed with iconic garments and reading material), or simply friends or fans.
Lucky for us, in between teaching, world traveling and curating a fall exhibition on art and dress at the Evanston Art Center, Carrara will grace us with her presence — and her collection — at Dose on July 10. What to expect: thick silver-lined jade rings, cast bronze rings with bark, lichen and moss surface textures, ebony, briar root and buffalo horn cuffs, to name a few. Functional pieces like cheese knives, briar root and natural hair blush brushes are so beautiful you’ll want to frame them. But using, handling and touching these works of art are central to the experience of Carrara’s work.