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
Frog Spirit Bead by Gilbert Pat
Frogs warn humans of imminent danger. Frogs represent stability, foundations and communication, which correlate with environmental observations about contamination and a worrisome decline in frog populations. Frog and Salmon both represent fertility in different regions along the coast. As a creature who lives in both water and on land, Frog is respected for being adaptable and knowledgeable. He is an important assistant to medicine men.
Frog faces are depicted with large round or oval eyes, tiny nostrils and long, closed lips that are often smiling and sometimes have a protruding tongue. The tongue represents transfer of knowledge. Frog is most recognizable when the whole body is shown, as the front and hind legs have webbed feet.
Cheryl Shearar Understanding Northwest Coast Art (2000)
Jay Miller Tsimshian Culture: A Light Through the Ages (2000)