Based in London Jariet Oloyé is a jewellery and objects artist. Her work is rooted in culture, heritage, and history. She has a passion to create pieces of work that bring joy and happiness through the use of recyclable materials and storytelling.
Oloyé in Yoruba means wisdom bearer. Jariet was raised in a community of Yoruba artisans in Nigeria, where many were engaged in different crafts, using local sourced natural materials, and narrating spoken traditional stories being passed from one generation to the next. Jariet was encouraged to be a creative.
Growing up she watched and participated in the arts of woven Aso-oke, Yoruba renowned colourful traditional high cloths, and basketry. These skills led her to study Jewellery and Silversmithing at the School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University. It was there she obtained HND Design and Make – Jewellery, Silversmithing & Allied Crafts, and followed with a BA Hons., Silversmithing and Jewellery. All the special skills she learnt equipped her artistic ability to develop abstract looped form wirework pattern that become her trademark.
Oloyé’s pieces are abstract images that tell stories of a community and places.
Her sculptural pieces of work are made individually by hand, using traditional crafts skills of weaving and metalsmithing. Special attention is given to the form, scale, and texture, examining the relationship between touch, memory, and craftsmanship.
Oloyé uses earth-friendly recyclable materials, and both traditional and modern techniques to create contemporary pieces of work.