Jade Drakes is a Trinidadian jeweller with a fondness for all things craft and animal, especially the dog. She was born in Venezuela of Trinidadian and Italian parentage and moved to Trinidad at a very young age. In her early 20s, she set off to America to study stuff and work like a bitch. She studied Metalsmithing and  Theatre at Slippery Rock University, where she learned to work with animal horn and bone under Professor Robert J. Bruya - 'The Road Kill King'. She went on to study Bench Jewellery and Stone Setting at North Benet Street School.  When the economy tanked, she went off to her father's homeland to improve on her stone setting skills but instead found herself charmed by Alchimia,  a contemporary jewellery school in Florence, where things were crazy (just the way she likes them.) 

Jade draws her inspiration from nature, old shops that sell old things, old ladies, old men, museums, books - especially children books, female contemporary artists, insects and conversation. 

Education

 

Alchimia International Contemporary Jewellery School - (2010-2011) - Florence, Italy

North Bennet Street School - Boston, MA, USA - (2006-2008) - Jewellery

Metalwerx Studios – Boston, MA, USA - (2008)- Blacksmithing

Slippery Rock University - (1998-2001)- Pennsylvania - Metalsmithing/ Theater Department

St. Dominic's Convent- Trinidad and Tobago

 

 

Workshops

Ground Now- Ruudt Peters - The Netherlands- 2015

Electroforming - Pforzheim, Germany - 2011

Giovanni Corvaja Training - 2011

Christoph Zellweger - 2011

The Animal Inside You - Ruudt Peters- 2010

Stone Cutting and Cabachon - Mass Art - 2009

 Exhibitions

More than Gold Exhibition - 2013 - Studio Huddle, Toronto, Canada

PinHat/HatPin, de Hoedenmaker, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Gallery Marzee – 2011 – Nijmegen, Holland

Alternatives - 2011 - Alchimia - Rome, Italy

Mangold Ring Exhibition - 2011 - Leipzig, Germany

Joya- 2011 - Barcelona - Spain

Inhorgenta, Alchimia - 2011 - Munich, Germany

NBSS Student Show- 2008 - Boston, MA, USA

Collaboration- Steven Hinds, NBSS Alumni - 2008 - Boston, MA, USA

Boston Craft Fair, NBSS - 2006-2007 - Boston, MA, USA

Y art Gallery , 2013 - Port of Spain, Trinidad

Y Art Gallery, 2014 - Port of Spain, Trinidad

Y Art Gallery, 2015 - Port of Spain, Trinidad

Y Art Gallery, 2017- Port of Spain , Trinidad 

 

 

 

 http://www.luna-artrising.com/                      

http://www.artzpub.com/content/draconian-switch/issue-

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http://designerislandlife.com/the-interview-saturday-morning-with-jade-drakes-pt-2/ 

 

 A very big thank you to photographers...

 

Go on, click on their names to see more of their work! 

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