Toronto Product and Jewellery Designer Jade Dumrath recently began a Design residency at the Toronto Harbourfront Centre after working as a Product Designer for Umbra Ltd., where she explored her interest in interior accessory design. Prior to working for Umbra, Jade completed a BFA majoring in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing at NSCAD University in 2014. By combining traditional and contemporary craft and design processes and materials, Jade strives to create dynamic objects for the home that are both functional and aesthetically enhancing. Jade’s work is often inspired by large, joyful family gatherings, like those celebrated by her own family growing up. By adding kinetic elements, Jade’s intention is to create a playful, interactive experience with the objects, as well as spark dialogue between guests. Jade believes her objects should enhance everyday life, not only through adorning one’s surroundings, but also through an experiential quality of movement.
Why do I do what I do?
My work, both past and present, is inspired by Scandinavian craftsmanship and my Danish heritage. Specifically, I focus on the Scandinavian motto of creating objects that enhance the everyday life experience. To achieve this, I believe an object must equally blend both aesthetic and function. By combining traditional and contemporary craft and design processes and materials, I strive to create dynamic objects that are both functional and aesthetically enhancing.
I am inspired by large, joyful family gatherings, like those celebrated by my family growing up. As a child, I was more captivated by the ceremonial objects used during a gathering, rather than the food or dinner itself; two tall candles in metal candelabras that were lit during prayers, the ornate cutting board presenting the Challah bread under a patterned silk napkin, and the many vases around the house and on the table prepared by me and my mother with flowers brought by our guests. I recognized there was a tender interaction with these objects in my home, and it inspired my own craft and design practice. I strive to create a similar intimate experience for my audience by using my pieces’ interactive properties. By adding kinetic elements, I create a playful, dynamic experience with the objects that encourages dialogue. From childhood, I believe my objects should enhance everyday life, not only through adorning one’s surroundings, but also through an experiential quality of movement. Through the interaction with my work, possible functions are discovered. I did not want the works to feel static, rather I intended the kinetic quality to invite and inspire the viewer. We must excite our inner child any chance we get by creating, connecting, and playing. I will awaken and nurture this in myself and my audience through the creation and presentation of my body of work.