Sculptor jeweler Jasmine Thomas-Girvan
The word ‘jewelry’ comes from the French ‘jeu’, which means “game”, the idea of play. The Trinidad based artist jeweler Jasmine Thomas-Girvan plays with the boundary line between jewelry and sculpture. Her imaginative interpretations in jewellery carry messages taken from a variety of Caribbean situations. Talented Sculptor jeweler Jasmine Thomas-Girvan was born in 1961 in Jamaica. She studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York, where she received a BFA in Jewellery and Textile Design. She was awarded the Tiffany Honour Award for Excellence. Later she received a certificate of the Prime Minister on the recognition of her outstanding achievements in Jamaica, and in 1996 she was awarded by the Commonwealth Foundation Arts. The fact that her work has been exhibited in many countries in the exhibitions of jewelry, speaks volumes.
Jasmine Thomas-Girvan uses a unique combination of materials such as silver, bronze, brass, wood, aluminium, pearl, silk. Her unique works of art carry messages taken from a variety of Caribbean situations. Her sculptural and jewelry pieces have symbolic and illustrative figurative meaning of human’s life. Some pieces elicit humour, such as a man holding a machete in his hand and is about to cut out his own tongue. In his pocket is a measuring stick, on which is inscribed, ‘Truth and lie nebba drown’.
Jasmine Thomas-Girvan is a permanent participant of international art exhibitions in the United States, Jamaica, Trinidad, Venezuela and Mexico. Jasmine lives and works in Trinidad, West Indies.