Artscape Daniels Launchpad is thrilled to be able to share Patrick Missodey’s expertise in two upcoming Creative Studio Workshops for experienced jewellers, currently open to members and the public. On October 22, Patrick will facilitate an Introduction to Chain Making workshop from 11am to 6pm to show participants how to construct three different styles of chains. (Please note: registration cut-off is October 20.) Patrick will also be leading a day-long Create your own findings Creative Studio Workshop on October 29.
Born in Lome, Togo in West Africa, Patrick Missodey has dedicated over thirty years to jewellery making. Patrick is a goldsmith, working from sketch to stone setting and finishing himself. He specializes in wire weaving, filigree, forging techniques and handmade chains–techniques he mastered through years dedicated to the craft.
When his father, a politically active school teacher was jailed for criticizing the regime in Togo, Patrick decided to quit school and learn a trade to support his family. A jewellery studio in his neighbourhood offered him a apprenticeship and his path was forged when he earned a certification. Shortly after his apprenticeship, Patrick travelled to Mali to work for the Madingo gold mine company as a refiner before venturing out on his own as a creative entrepreneur.
“I have always asked myself why I am so passionate about making jewellery and very recently, I found out that my great-grandfather Siko Missodey, a farmer, used to make jewellery in his spare time,” explained Patrick. “Sika means gold in my native tongue. I was thrilled to discover that jewellery making was in my blood.”
In 2013, Patrick moved to Canada, landing in Montreal. A lifelong learner, he studied at the Ecole des Metiers du Sud Ouest de Montreal, and blended the modern techniques he learned with the craftmanship he learned in Africa to create unique jewellery designs. In 2015, he founded his creative business, Bijoux Missodey, where he sells his 18 carat gold and sterling silver jewellery designs online and at 18K Gallery in Toronto.
Space is limited for both workshops so register early!