Jewelry designer Paola Giordano has been creating wearable art for more than a decade, showcasing her pieces at select stores and craft fairs. Her long-term dream was to have her own gallery, but the costs and logistics involved in owning a storefront didn’t seem worth it. So, she decided to go in a different direction with a mobile gallery, in the form of a refurbished FedEx truck.
“For a couple of years now, I have been mulling over the idea of opening a gallery, and had also been considering purchasing an old truck, and seeing what I could convert it into,” says Giordano.
“Recently, an opportunity presented itself, and I purchased an old FedEx truck, and revamped it into what will be Long Island’s first mobile art gallery.”
The 37-year-old owner of Pagio Jewelry Designs is calling her store-on-wheels the Pagio Truck. The space, though small, is surprisingly spacious, and has the feel of any other small boutique you might find in SoHo or the East Village, with warm lighting and mirrors adding to the vibe.
“I know there are other trucks out there that are considered to be boutiques, but what sets me apart from them is that I design and fabricate the majority of work that will be sold on the truck,” says
Giordano, a resident of Huntington. “In addition to my own work, I will be offering the work of a leather maker, an illustrator, a ceramics designer, and some textiles."
Giordano has had a love of creating art since she was a little girl, and says she decided to focus on jewelry making because it is the most “tangible.”
“I can make a great painting, or a great vase, but no one would really see it unless you came to my house, or it was in a gallery,” Giordano explains. “Jewelry is a piece of art that enhances our own natural beauties, and is a great way to express ourselves, and compliment our look. It’s wearable art.”
Giordano specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces, utilizing semi-precious stones and various metals, and has made custom pieces for brides, birthdays and many repeat customers.
“Being a jewelry designer doesn’t get boring... at least for me,” she says. “What I enjoy is the fact that I create one of a kind pieces that cannot really be replicated because of the uniqueness of the stones. Each time I create a new piece, it’s exciting. I never really know how it's going to turn out, and in the end I am pleasantly surprised. “
She purchased the 1994 Ford truck in March and immediately got to work on the necessary repairs and remodeling to make it feel more like an upscale boutique and less like a commercial package hauler. She gutted it, replaced the radiator, brakes, ignition and horn, and salvaged as much furniture and as many fixtures as she could for the interior, using planks from a dock that had washed ashore after Superstorm Sandy for the shelving and using old an plumbing pipe for the clothing rack. She had the truck re-wrapped with her logo and designs by 808Concepts of Glen Cove.
She also began networking and searching for locations where she can park the truck and sell her goods. Her first two stops in Glen Cove will be on Sunday, July 20 & 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The
Glen Cove Christian Church, 74 Walnut Rd. In late June, she received her peddlers permit from the Town of Huntington so she is licensed to vend in Huntington and will have her truck stationed at The
Conklin Barn in Huntington Village on a regular basis. The Pagio Truck calendar is posted on www.pagio.biz, on Pagio Jewelry Designs Facebook page and on Twitter (@pagiojewelry), so anyone interested can find out where she will be next.
“All of my pieces and designs come straight out of my head. Seldom will I sketch anything, unless it’s for a custom order, and the client cannot envision what I am saying I can create,” Giordano says. “I just sit in my studio, and will look at a pendant or something, and ideas will come to me. It’s a lot of playing around, but it’s fun, so it’s not frustrating.” She clarifies that she doesn’t have a “masterpiece” ready every time she sits down. “It’s a creative process.”
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.
New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.
“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.
This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at Roosevelt Park.