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 Chayle Cook is a Canadian artist from Ottawa, Ontario. She completed her BFA at NSCAD University (2010); specializing in jewellery, printmaking, and book arts. Her interdisciplinary approach to her studies has led to an art practice that balances her interest in the fine arts with her love of craft. 

 Since 2009 her work has shown in group and solo exhibitions in Canada. During 2013, Chayle's work has been part in 3 group exhibitions at TIJF (2013), a solo exhibition at The Ottawa Art Gallery (2013), and she completed a 6 month artist-in-residence at the Eesti Kunstiakadeemia (Department of Jewellery and Blacksmithing) in Tallinn, Estonia. She has been awarded Mejuri Jewellery's best-seller for her design "The Perfect Compliment" (2012). She currently is teaching introductory and intermediate jewellery courses at the Ottawa School of Art, and has begun her first jewellery collection and production company "Chayle Jewellery Studio", in Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Artist Statement

 Influenced by the negative spaces between branches, and the curling and overlapping growth of lichen, I am interested in the geometric qualities and structured chaos within these natural forms. My work in jewellery, uses colour, contour, and layering to emphasize these types of forms and spaces. Edges and shadows describe, contain, and shape the spaces in my work-- revealing the spaces and the structures that hold them as the subject matter of my work.

 The forms and aesthetic in my work have evolved away from natural representation. I have worked to distill the elements of these forms, searching for the chaotic happenstance of their growth patterns. My current work has become a playful exploration of form and improbable
geometry. 

 

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What is your membership level?
Bronze
Do you have a website?
http://www.chayle.ca
In what province are you?
ON
Do you consider yourself a professional, student or emerging artist. Are you a gallery, school, organization or guild?
Professional, Emerging Artist
In what area of the metal arts do you work?
silversmith, goldsmith, enamellist
Tell us about your education.
I completed my BFA at NSCAD University (2010) specializing in jewellery, metalsmithing, printmaking, and book arts.
Share some of your career highlights or goals.

2013

  • Selected Artist-in-residence, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn.

  • Group exhibition with 1x1 Collective, "More than Gold" Studio Huddle, TIJF, Toronto.

  • Group exhibition "Fire and Fusion", Rainbow Gallery, TIJF, Toronto.

  • Publication, “The Pin Ball”, Gladstone Hotel, TIJF, Toronto.

  • Jewellery & Metalsmithing instructor, “Intermediate Jewellery Design & Fabrication”, Ottawa School of Arts, Ottawa.

  • Solo jewellery arts exhibition, “Fractured Geometry”, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa.


2012

  • Mejuri design competition's best-seller "The Perfect Compliment", Toronto.

  • Jewellery & Metalsmithing instructor position, "Introduction to Fold-forming", Ottawa School of Arts, Ottawa.

  • Group exhibition, “Winter Delights”, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

  • Craft Sale, “Tarts & Crafts”, Ladyfest, Ottawa.

  • Craft Sale, “Idle Hands Craft Sale”, Dom Polski Hall, Ottawa.

  • Business fair, “Lovely Ladies: Ottawa women's business fair”, New Library Archives, Ottawa.


2011

  • Apprentice goldsmith, designer, wax carver, and salesperson, MariGold Design Studio, Ottawa. (2 years)

  • Awarded Artist-in-residency program, Sparkbox Studio, Picton.

  • Awarded Artist-in-residency program, Art Engine "Modlab", Art's Court, Ottawa.

  • Group exhibition, “Collectibles”, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa.

  • Craft sale, “Idle Hands Craft Sale”, St Luke's Church, Ottawa.


2010

  • Group exhibition, “NSCAD Wearable Art Show”, Halifax.

  • Solo exhibition "Seven Lakes further North", Snapdragon Gallery, Ottawa.

  • Craft sale, “Idle Hands Craft Sale”, Patrick Gordon Framing, Ottawa


2009

  • Undergraduate solo exhibition, “Seven Lakes Further North”, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax.

  • Group exhibition, “Facets: NSCAD Jewellery Show”, Seeds Gallery, Halifax.

  • Group exhibition, “March of Prints: NSCAD Printmakers Sale”, Halifax.

  • Group exhibition, “NSCAD Wearable Art Show”, Halifax.

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