Launched in May 2015, ORA-C is a Canadian jewelry brand created by designer Caroline Pham. She meticulously fabricates every piece by hand in her Montreal studio as unique wearable artworks. Her pieces are delicate yet bold, featuring striking color compositions and textured metal work. While Caroline finds beauty in the imperfections of the handmade object, her work is grounded in the value of good craftsmanship. She takes inspiration from ancient techniques and artifacts of the past, but her self-taught and experimental approach to jewelry-making paired with her eye for expressive styling gives an edge to her work.
Most pieces are made-to-order. This comes from her attempt at creating a brand that cares about sustainability by avoiding waste. Slow-made fashion is a concept deeply ingrained in her work philosophy. Other than her main collections she makes once a year, she also creates a yearly batch of OOAK (one-of-a-kind) pieces, made in limited editions, and mainly using unique natural stones she gathers from her many travels.
After growing up in Montreal and Hong Kong from a French Canadian mother and a Vietnamese father, Caroline spent 10 years in New York City where she graduated from Parsons the New School of Design studying illustration and industrial design. Since, she dabbled in many projects as a creative freelancer for various industries such as film, art and fashion. She has worked a wide range of skills such as graphic design, model building, prop styling, art directing and film curating. With a fascination with color, mixing the use of eclectic materials and a passion for foreign art, through films, art and travels, she slowly geared her path to creating something of her own. In 2013, Caroline moved back to her hometown, Montreal, where she found the time and space to focus on creating her own wearable sculptures. ORA-C was born.