Trinidad-born Janice Derrick migrated to England at the age of sixteen. In 1996 she graduated with a BA(hons) in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts from the prestigious Sir John Cass faculty at London Guildhall University. The following year Janice received a Clerkenwell Award from the Clerkenwell Green Association to set up her business with studio and workshop space near the heart of London's jewelry quarter, Hatton Garden.
In 2005, Janice returned to Trinidad to continue developing her jewellery. Work slowed down considerably between 2008 and 2012 though as Janice got married and became a mother to two boys. Work on her jewellery is now slowly resuming.
Janice has exhibited her work in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the US, Trinidad and Japan and her jewellery has been featured in Vogue (UK), Harpers and Queen, World of Interiors, The Sunday Times (UK), The Guardian (UK), Retail Jeweller magazine(UK), The Evening Standard (UK), Time Out London, The Newsday (Trinidad), Trinidad Lookbook as well as The Rings Book (UK, 2002) and 1000 Rings (US, 2004).
Janice established her business over the eight years her studio was based in London, developing not only a sound local market but also selling her work through galleries and museum shops across the US, Europe and Japan. She also exhibited at prestigious craft shows such as the Chelsea Craft Fair and attended trade fairs in Munich, San Francisco and New York.
Simplicity, clean line, graphic imagery, the structure of manmade or natural forms, movement, geometry and the delicacies of nature that I can observe in the world around me, are what fire me at the core. The later work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the Bauhaus were also great influences during college and their hold remains.
I find now as I have moved back to my roots in Trinidad that what surrounds me is less the stark large structures of the big city and much more the lush colour and overwhelming flora of a tropical island. This transition has had a positive effect on the growth of my work, which can especially be seen through my newest pieces which are based on the growth and reproduction of cells, which can be simultaneously organic and structured.
A keen observation of people and life in general usually provides the final details on designs - the quality that makes the piece wearable as opposed to just being a beautiful object. Listening to comments from clients is also an invaluable source of information; more often than not these suggestions will be incorporated into new designs.
Every piece of Janice Derrick jewellery is designed and handmade at my studio from different colours and carats of gold, sterling and oxidised silver as well as combinations of these metals within the same piece. Most of my body of work falls across five collections of varying themes; 'Coiled', 'Moving', 'Petal', 'Pod' and my newest range which is still in development, 'Cone'. I also enjoy working to commission and often produce one-off exhibition pieces where I try to push the boundaries of scale and what is considered wearable, without compromising comfort. I try to create jewellery that is contemporary yet lasting and is not dictated by trends. My wish is that my jewellery becomes personally precious to its owner.