We are JAD: Gioia and Ivano, artistic duo, couple and goldsmiths.
Hailing from different experiences we first met in Italy and opened there our first workshop. We founded JAD when we moved to Malta a few years ago, both an artistic duo and a jewelry brand. In Malta we did our first solo exhibition and took part to several collective ones. In 2019 we won the third prize of the Campari - Negroni 100 Art Competition and the second of the Maltese Artisan Award for precious metals. We are in the panel of the Malta Creative Collective an independent, purpose-led movement that brings together like-minded creatives currently based in Malta to lift up the creative community through collaboration.
Our aesthetic explores the emotional undercurrents linking us to the natural elements, telling of the strength of the geological forces, of the depths where silver comes from, of the levity of a blow or of the force of the gales stirring the sea. In our pieces we put the wonder for the strenght of life, for its fragility, for the human attempts to understand whether the passing of time and the changes we percieve are real or only a construct of the mind.
There might be small signs or strong evidences of these concepts, scattered through a whole collection or concentrated in one single piece. But we promise, in each of our pieces there is a story, a part of this work, of our thoughts and emotions, be it the simplest ring or the collection piece.
We explore techniques and materials to create unique pieces, from solid silver to extra-thin wire.
Our jewelry are for people who think and feel, who refuses to be easily defined, who have a story and looks for storie, young and olds, who wants to know there is something more than the dominant aesthetic and thinking. Who are different, in any possible, beautiful, way.
Photo credit: Inigo Taylor