Biography

I stand up, the soft tundra under my feet like pillows. I take a deep breath and gaze out in awe of ‘our land’.

Dan Wade was born in 1977 in Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit, Nunavut) where he now resides. He has worked beside his peers as a full time jeweller since 2010 at the Aayuraa Studio. He began his journey as a jeweller after enrolling at the Nunavut Arctic College in the Jewellery and Metalwork program in 2005.

The water flows between the hills, cradled by the land, moving left and right, over and around the rocks as if it were dancing to the gentle sound of music

Dan Wade has a deep connection to the land that he calls home. This connection is evident in his work as much of the inspiration for his work is drawn from the natural beauty and materials found right here in Nunavut.  His preferred material is silver and ivory, but he also works with gold, copper, brass, baleen, muskox horn, antler and the beautiful polar bear claws that make up his popular pendants.

His journey has brought him all over Canada to showcase and sell his works in galleries, festivals and museums. He has attended the following Exhibitions and Festivals:

  • Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum 2006  – Iqaluit NU
  • Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum 2007 – Iqaluit NU
  • Nunavut Trade Show 2011 & 2012 – Iqaluit NU
  • Great Northern Arts Festival 2011 & 2012 – Inuvik N.W.T.
  • Canadian Guild of Craft Nov. 2011 – Montreal QC   “Metal, Paper, Stone”
  • Northern Lights Trade Show Feb. 2012 – Ottawa ON
  • International Polar Year Conference Apr. 2012 – Montreal QC

Associations and Awards

Dan wade is a member of the Nunavut Arts and Craft Association

Dan Wade is a registered member of the Authentic Nunavut Brand

Dan Wade was the recipient of the 2012 Nunavut Arts Branding Award presented by The Song Tree that helped develop this website.