Ornate Chaos Crafts Jewelry And Home Decor For The Modern Spirit

Haley Wayman—the maker behind the new St. Louis-based jewelry and home decor line, Ornate Chaos—creates handcrafted wares with the utmost precision and detail, inspired by the fusion of creative scenes in St. Louis, New Orleans and Colorado. With designs juxtaposing rugged modern and classic Southwestern aesthetics, Wayman creates distinct collections that culminate into timeless pieces of art. While the designer recently nestled into a home in St. Louis city with her husband, Matt, we chatted with her to learn more about her creative process and Ornate Chaos’ upcoming collection, which will debut in the New Year.

Tell us how Ornate Chaos came to life. What drew you to create your line of handmade jewelry?
Ornate Chaos came to life after my move to Denver. Surrounded by creatives and makers, I felt the need to jump into the scene. Delving into any resources I could get my hands on, I eventually found a metalsmith who was willing to provide private lessons out of her studio. After filling an entire notebook with sketches and watching countless instructional YouTube videos, I created my first line, entitled MUSES [which eventually became Ornate Chaos]. The theme was developed after the culture and life that I experienced after living in New Orleans for a few years. I’m inspired to create pieces that feel open, strong and independent for people.

Your new collection is slated for release this winter. What can we expect to see?
My winter collection revolves around a stone that I have fallen in love with: White Buffalo Turquoise. The stone evokes a sense of strength and pride for me when I wear it, and I want to share that experience with others. I have been playing with mixing the stones with different types of metals like copper, brass and sterling silver. My designs made from copper and brass cross over to decorative home goods as well. This will be my first time creating home goods in this upcoming collection, and I couldn’t be more excited!

As a new St. Louis resident, what do you find to be most inspiring in our city?
Relocating to St. Louis has been a dream come true. I find the history to be most inspiring. I’ve seen a resurgence in our city where people are actively supporting more artists and makers. I also love that St. Louisans are willing to support small businesses—it provides me with a sense of home and belonging. The people are great, the culture is fun and I have quickly became a fan of the Cardinals!

You can purchase Ornate Chaos’ jewelry and home decor directly from their website.

Patrick Dolan is the founder and writer behind MANMADE, a lifestyle guide centered on showcasing handmade and independently produced products for the modern St. Louis man. In addition to his online publication, Patrick highlights the work of local makers, designers, and businesses by curating year-round pop-up shopping events in St. Louis.

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