Gillion Carrara

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Gillion Carrara

Remnants capture me. There is beauty in a once-living being that has left behind a piece of itself, a life that will continue beyond the body. As long as I can remember, I wanted to learn and make, and I had very lofty thoughts to experiment and investigate materials. Creating a commonplace object does not arrest my imagination. Creating an object of beauty as I see it holds great meaning to me, and my work explores the relationship between materials, design and function.

Imperfection creates its own aesthetic authority, a beauty formed in the unusual and the unknown. As an artisan, my interest in solitary work involves my pursuit of natural and industrial elements which I form into ornamental and functional accessories. These components are integral to communicating my design ideas. Often, I appropriate materials that evoke specific responses based on cultural and psychological association – bone, horn, shell, antler, and various woods and briar root combined with precious metals – silver, gold and bronze. I select materials from sources in Tuscany, Africa, and India as well as the western and mid-western United States.

Singular hand crafted pieces include wooden cuffs, wood and bone rings, silver earrings, letter openers, marmalade and cheese knives, men’s accessories, blush brushes and shaving brushes.

As the continuum of new materials and stimuli from my surroundings challenges and inspires me, I find new directions to investigate as my artistic interests evolve. My work integrates streamlined, minimal design with honest attention to refined details of craftsmanship and a profound respect for the materials I use. What drives my designs are the pure forms of architecture and nature that have always absorbed my attention.

Gillion Carrara






For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at or 773.324.5520 x1014.