Gilbert Pat was born in November 1945 in Sardis BC, located in Sto:lo territory of the Fraser Valley. Pat was educated in Mission, but relocated to the ‘Namgis village of ‘Yalis (Alert Bay) as a young man, where he married Francis Shaughnessy. During his time in Alert Bay, Pat was inspired and mentored by well-known carver Lloyd Wadhams Sr of Kingcome Inlet.
Pat developed his own geometric interpretation of coastal form line, and produces clean, consistent, quality pieces of jewellery for an affordable price.
Our most popular of Pat's work includes some delicate horizontal bar pieces that are punched on either end, to be suspended from a link chain. Pat has also designed some gorgeous vertical pendants with the top bent back, rather than having jump hoops to suspend them on chain. Feminine, delicate and shiny, with meaningful motifs, make these wonderful gifts.
His two sons Jason and Jeff are also proficient jewelers who have been deeply influenced by Pat’s style
Dragonfly Studs by Gilbert Pat
Dragonfly is correlated with medicine, and is the only insect among the Haida to feature as a family crest. Dragonfly is associated with motion and change, and has recently become a popular motif in northwest coast indigenous art.
Dragonfly is quite easy to recognize, due to the long narrow body, narrow wings, and large, roundish eyes.
Cheryl Shearar Understanding Northwest Coast Art (2000)