November 1, 2019 (Charleston, SC) – Gogo Ferguson and Garden & Gun’s Fieldshop are proud to present the debut collection from Gogo’s daughter, Hannah Carnegie, November 13 & 14 at the Dewberry Hotel in downtown Charleston.
The debut line from Hannah Carnegie, entitled, “the Architecture of Insects,” showcases her distinctive talent which has been passed down through seven generations of the Carnegie family living on Cumberland Island, Georgia. As a young child, Hannah was immersed in the daily routine of island life with her mother, renowned jewelry designer Gogo Ferguson, and her grandmother, the island's matriarch, Lucy Ferguson. Hannah traveled with them daily as they would traverse the shoreline, discovering what she describes as 'gifts from the sea,' and then would spend hours scouring the ancient maritime forest for flora and fauna, unique to the enchanted wilderness.
The childhood contrast of life on a remote island and touring the world with her mother has gifted Hannah with a specific awareness, laser-focused on the geometry and symmetry of nature; be it the myriad design patterns apparent in the insect kingdom, the veins running through an oak leaf, down to the microscopic galaxies of tiny organisms and cells. It's these awe-inspiring facets of nature that she strives to communicate through her wearable art.
In her first line, “the Architecture of Insects”, Hannah applies a mix of fine pencil drawing, digital drawing, lost wax casting, and 3-D rendering, working closely with her team day in day out, all of whom skillfully combine their unique specialties in collaboration, to produce mesmerizing pieces of wearable art. Utilizing the warmth of 18k gold the luminosity of enamel and the brilliance of precious stones such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies, among others, brings life to these pieces and makes them shine.
Ferguson says of the event, “I’ve had the great blessings of Cumberland Island and all that my family taught me about preserving and celebrating nature throughout my entire life.” She continues, “I am immensely proud and overjoyed to see my daughter launch her own beautiful line, which also pays tribute to the perfection found in nature.”
Gogo Jewelry and Hannah Carnegie will present their lines with a reception at Garden and Gun’s Fieldshop on November 13 from 4-7 p.m. and November 14 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. An edited collection of Gogo Jewelry is also available for purchase at Fieldshop year-round. Fieldshop is located on the ground level of the Dewberry Hotel, located at 334 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC, 29403. Valet parking is available.
About Gogo Jewelry:
Gogo Ferguson has created her unique jewelry and home décor pieces for more than 30 years from Cumberland Island, GA, which has been the home of the Carnegie family for seven generations. Gogo’s creative process begins with foraging the ancient maritime forests and scouring the pristine beaches where she discovers nature’s gifts awaiting to be transformed into classic jewelry and home décor designs. Gogo’s career highlights include designing pieces for the Atlanta Olympics, the G-8 Summit Meeting on Sea Island, GA, three presidential collections, and several films and television shows. In January 2013, the High Museum in Atlanta honored Gogo with an eight-month exhibit, “Gogo: Nature Transformed,” which presented the evolution of her artistry. She and her designs have been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning show, as well as in Town & Country, Garden & Gun, The New York Times, and Coastal Living, among others.
About Hannah Carnegie:
Hannah Carnegie’s founder and creative director, Hannah Sayre-Thomas, premiered her first collection at age thirteen, on the runway of Nicole Miller’s show in NYC. Over the next ten years, Hannah diligently honed her craft, training first as a metalsmith in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, working with raw source materials, and combining organic forms, into striking yet fragile works. Four years later, she returned to Cumberland Island under the continued guidance, tutelage, and support of her mother, gradually working her way up through her business Gogo Jewelry INC, to eventually becoming president of the company and co-designer. The results culminated in a family union that enjoyed multiple museum exhibits - most notably with the High Museum of Atlanta, including features on national TV shows, and numerous awards for her family's Inn on Cumberland Island, where Hannah served on the board of its partnership. Hannah's family remains proud of their heritage, and they still regularly congregate on Cumberland Island, in Maine and Massachusetts, gathering around fires, sharing roasted oysters, passing down tales and wisdom from the previous six generations. Continuing the Carnegie family’s long history of philanthropy, Hannah is committed to endowing a percentage of the company to supporting foundations and charities focused on nature conservation and education.
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