Chayle jewellery is handcrafted in Ottawa, Canada,
using only sustainable sources of silver and gold,
fair-trade gemstones, and Canadian diamonds.

“Capturing the simplicity and modern
elegance of hammered precious metals.”

An everyday art piece.
Made in Ottawa, Canada

 

BIOGRAPHY

Chayle Cook is a Canadian artist from Ottawa, Ontario. She completed her BFA at NSCAD University (Halifax 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 and design. After graduation, she has worked in the jewellery industry as a goldsmith and designer, while also taking time to complete several artist residencies: Sparkbox Studio (Picton 2011), Art Engine (Ottawa 2011), and the Estonian Academy of Arts (Tallinn 2013). Additionally, she has completed an internship with Estonian jewellery artist and MA professor Tanel Veenre (Tallinn 2014). Her artist jewellery and commercial collections have been exhibited nationally and internationally (Toronto International Jewellery Festival 2013, 5th International Enamel Biennale Vilnius 2013). She has also worked as a sessional jewellery instructor at the Ottawa School of Art (Ottawa 2012-2014). Currently, she is owner and designer of “Chayle Jewellery Studio”, established 2013 in Ottawa.

 

 

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 are derived from natural inspirations. I have worked to distill the elements of natural forms, searching for the chaotic happenstance of their growth patterns. My current work has become a playful exploration of form and improbable geometry.

My work as an artist goldsmith combines my passions for traditional metalsmithing and minimalist design. I use hammering techniques to create jewellery which flows naturally with the body. The shapes I use are often bold, capturing the negative spaces and contours of the body. For me, it is important to consider the wearer within the design process of my pieces. I enjoy the challenge of creating beauty and elegance while maintaining wearability and sentimentality. With my material choices of precious metals, colourful patinas, and rustic hammer textures, I hope to capture a feelings of ancient jewellery and the romantic notion of a genuine handmade treasure. My current work seeks to create a playful dialogue between traditional and contemporary jewellery, and has become a driving force for my curiosity and creativity as an artistic goldsmith.

– Chayle Cook