Chris Cook III
Chris’ traditional name is Ogwilagamey and is a Chief of the Namgis Tribe from Alert Bay, BC. There he grew up surrounded by a strong and powerful traditional family.
Chris was an avid sketch artist in his youth and was studying to work as an industrial metalworker and machinist during his high school years. But his family wanted him to pursue a path in the world of academia. In 1998, he complete an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Victoria. Also during his post-secondary education, he also took a beginner’s silversmith course at Camosun College and began to apply the skills he learned during his training as an industrial metalworker into designing and producing jewelry.
After years of encouragement from artist Francis Dick, Chris finally began to apply his knowledge of metalworking to traditional Kwakwaka’wakw/Kwaguilth design and jewelry in early 1999. He was further influenced by Tahltan artist, Terrence Campbell, and Kwaguilth artist, Harold Alfred. The result is a bled of traditional Kwaguilth design with refined metalworking skills in a unique style of contemporary jewelry in sterling silver and gold.
He lives in Victoria, B.C.
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