31 May 2011Blog

Hand-crafted art jewellery by TIYI By Design at The Town Square in Speightstown

by Monique

TIYI By Design is an exclusive Caribbean brand which produces exquisite, hand-crafted, art jewellery, whereby each piece is individually designed by professional metalsmith and jeweller; Ichia Tiyi.

TIYI By Design’s intention is to show the jeweler’s art in true perspective where design and craftsmanship are valued above material worth of the metal. Each piece is a true collector’s item and is considered a work of art!

A bit about TIYI By Design’s professional metalsmith and jeweller…

Ichia TIYI has been designing jewelry since 1993 and her primary introduction to this art-form was through her own self-exploration with various shapes and forms. Subsequently, she went on to apprentice for three months at the private jewelry studio of Kenneth Forde in Trinidad in 1996, which led to an intense period of creative incubation, where she explored and experimented with the fusion of metallic and organic materials.


Ichia won an award for the entire Caribbean region at the Commonwealth Arts and Craft competition (2000) sponsored by the Commonwealth Foundation in England. This is one of the most prestigious awards an artist can aspire to and it would become a pivotal turning point in her career.


The award granted Ichia the opportunity to travel to Ghana, West Africa, where she studied Metal Product Design at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, for one year. There she experimented with traditional, as well as alternative techniques, in the art of metalsmithing; an experience which increased her technical possibilities and extended her visual range.

In October of 2004 she was invited to attend and participate in an international convention and workshop on the jeweler’s art in Chennai, India. This granted her another rare opportunity to continue her exploration and interest in non-conventional approaches to jewelry making. During her stay, she had the privilege of sharing creative space and ideas with some of India’s most revered master craftsmen.

Learning and teaching this exquisite art form…

She has also studied in North America, at private jewelry studios where she continued her metalsmithing techniques in chasing and repousse and metalforming.

Ichia TIYI has taught basic jewelry design for the Division of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Education, Barbados, and the Industry Services Unit of the Barbados Community College, and has also taught privately in Bermuda.

Shows and Exhibitions…

Ichia has also participated in a number of shows and exhibitions both regionally and internationally including:

  • Caribbean Fashion Week, Jamaica
  • Carifesta VIII Suriname
  • Solo Exhibition – “Rituals of the Self 1”, Ghana, West Africa
  • Caribbean Gift and Craft Shows

Her work continues to portray unique imagination and fine craftsmanship, while remaining deeply rooted in its own tradition, emphasising a sophisticated primal energy, uncommon to the transient trends in most popular, everyday jewelry.

You can visit Ichia at the TIYI By Design-Art Jewelry Studio which is located at Store #12, Town Square Mall, Speightstown, St. Peter to see the above gallery in person!!

Contact info:

t: 1 246 422 6816
m: 1 246 252 0184
e: queen_7tiyi@yahoo.com
w: www.tiyibydesign.com