Carly Owens is a contemporary hand embroidery artist and designer. She recently received her BAD in Art + Design (Fibers & Surface Design concentration) with a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship from North Carolina State University. She has previously studied Jacobean crewelwork and goldwork embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in the United Kingdom, couture tambour beading with Hand & Lock and patternmaking at the Asheville School for the Apparel Arts in Asheville, North Carolina. Additionally, Carly worked as a couture embroidery intern for the New York City based fashion label, Marchesa. Her current location is Erie, Colorado where she runs her embroidery studio.
The Eyes of Venus collection is inspired by Botticelli's Renaissance masterpiece, "The Birth of Venus". The jewelry in this collection is a contemporary take on Victorian lover's eye jewelry and portraiture. Pearls are a consistent theme throughout the collection. In mythology, the creation of the pearl is associated with the birth of Venus. All pieces are hand embroidered by the artist, using goldwork and hand beading techniques.