THE METALAID TEAM
Marie-Eve G. Castonguay
Originally from Quebec City, Marie–Eve G. Castonguay is an emerging jewellery artist currently based in Montréal, Canada. She holds a diploma from the École de Joaillerie de Québec (2011) as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University, in Halifax (2013). She is an alumna of the Artist-in-Residence programme at Harbourfront Centre. Her work was showcased in various exhibitions throughout Canada as well as in various countries in Europe such as France, Romania, Spain, Austria and Greece. Creating her pieces like miniature sculptures that one can wear, she is interested in the close relationship we have with jewellery. Her work explores notions of belonging and intimacy.
On top of her artistic practice, Marie–Eve strives to be an active member of the arts and culture community and gets involved through teaching (Harbourfront Centre, Toronto), gallery animation (The Power Plant, Toronto), writing (Magazine Bazzart, Quebec City) and initiating various exhibition and outreach projects.
Pasha Moezzi is an emerging jewellery artist residing in Toronto. He obtained his Fine Arts diploma from Langara College in Vancouver and later completed his BFA in Design Arts at Concordia University in Montréal. His true passion for jewellery emerged while working at his father’s furniture-making workshop, where he made jewellery out of scrap metal. He then pursued goldsmith training at George Brown College where he graduated from the Jewellery Arts program in 2015. Pasha’s work has a unique style, influenced by industrial shapes and architectural forms, which is very evident in both his one-of-a-kind work and his production lines. He has won several awards and competitions and has had solo and group exhibitions in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Tehran. Pasha was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre in 2015 and was a resident there for 3 years. He currently has his own studio in Toronto’s east end where he creates his production pieces along with one of a kind pieces.
Emma Piirtoniemi is inspired by jewellery’s ability to convey big ideas on an intimate scale, and views the discipline as an accessible art form in contemporary culture. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Emma is an emerging jewellery artist, curator, and writer. In 2016, she completed her BFA Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing and Minor in Art History at NSCAD University. She was a finalist in the 2016 L.A. Pai National Jewellery Student Competition in Ottawa and has exhibited nationally and internationally, including SOFA Chicago.
Emma is currently based in Toronto where she continues her practice working in acrylic, glass, and metal. Often incorporating installation methods in her work, Emma aims to connect through jewellery in both wearable and non-wearable contexts, bringing the innate intimacy of tactile objects to non-corporeal space.
Patrycja Zwierzynska is a Toronto based artist working in contemporary jewellery. An enduring interest in the arts and a desire to make things led her to pursue an education at NSCAD University, where she was first introduced to metalworking. She graduated in 2007 with a BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. Upon graduating she completed three years at the Artist-in-Residency program in the metal studio at the Harbourfront Centre. She was one of the founding members of Studio HUDDLE, a co-operative, artist run studio and gallery space in Toronto.
Her work examines the boundaries and definitions of jewellery, and displays strong craftsmanship and innovation in design and process. Her pieces have been exhibited throughout Canada as well as internationally.
ALEX KINSLEY VEY
Alex Kinsley Vey is a third generation goldsmith from Hamilton, Ontario. He apprenticed with his father for several years before attending George Brown College in Toronto. Alex graduated from the Jewellery Arts program in 2013. Alex’s focus is on the identity and ‘steel town’ ethos of his home.
Alex has exhibited work in Canada, Europe, and the United States. He is also a sessional professor in the MAAD department at OCAD University.