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7 Austin Must-Hits From Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer

07/08/2014

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Gotta love a work trip that doubles as a vacation. When Jaclyn Mayer and Orly Genger got the chance to head to Austin—both to do a trunk show for their slick jewelry line and an event for one of Orly’s sicker-than-sick art installations—they made a whole thing of it. They booked a three-day trip, shacked up at the architect Charles Moore’s former house—that’s Jaclyn standing in front of its sick pool above­—and hit the town. Here’s what they think every visitor ought to tackle. —alisha prakash

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Orly: “On Thursday night, I gave a talk about my installation in front of my piece at Laguna Gloria. My piece is called Current and is made out of reclaimed lobster rope that I hand-knotted and painted, then constructed on-site. Laguna Gloria is a beautiful and peaceful location—which I did not want to compete with, but rather embrace. I designed the piece to echo the structural elements of the amphitheater that is already there and built out a barge so that the piece could connect the land to water.”
(3809 W. 35th St.)

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Jaclyn: “We did a little shopping tour of Austin. One of our favorite shops was JM Dry Goods. They specialize in crafts such as weavings, ceramics, jewelry, and clothing. I purchased a lovely Mexican kaftan, perfect for the beach”
(215 S. Lamar, Ste. C)

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Jaclyn: “One afternoon we went to Barton Springs, a staple in Austin. It’s a natural swimming hole where you can get relief from the heat. All you need is five minutes in the cold water, and you’re ready to get back to all the fun Austin has to offer.”
(2201 Barton Springs Rd.)

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Jaclyn: “One of my favorite things to do is to find flea markets. Uncommon Objects is a fun indoor one with loads of bits and bobs. Unfortunately, we didn’t purchase anything this trip—luggage space was tight!”
(1512 S. Congress Ave.)

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Jaclyn: “And of course you can’t leave Austin without shopping for some cowboy boots! Next to Uncommon Objects was this crazy boot shop, Allens Boots. It was fun to look at all the insane patterns and leather!”
(1522 S. Congress Ave.)

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Jaclyn: “On Saturday night, we went to Sway, this beautiful Thai restaurant with an open kitchen. We got to sit at the bar and watch them cook all the meals.”
(1417 S. 1st St.)

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Jaclyn: “One of the reasons for our trip was a trunk show at the shop Valentine’s Too.  Trunk shows are always fun as they are some of the few times we get to personally pick out jewelry for people. It is always a great experience to watch someone fall in love with a piece.”(3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy)

Photo of art installation courtesy of Brian Fitzsimmons of The Contemporary Austin.

You’ve gotta see the ring these two made—it’s a total hit in our book.

 

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