Canadian Jasper Garvida (b.1977, Philippines) studied Fashion Design Womenswear at Central St Martins College of Art & Design. Upon graduation in 2004, he worked as a fashion designer running his own label until 2017. He then applied to study at the Royal College of Art (RCA), completing the Graduate Diploma course in 2019 followed by a Masters in Sculpture in 2021.
Garvida's practice explores the ideas of transformation, materiality and fragility, touching on issues around isolation and mental trauma. He translates his fashion design skills through making, applying the skills he acquired in garment construction such as pattern cutting and sewing. He finds meaning through understanding and testing the qualities and properties of materials. The tactility of making is central to his practice. He combines his knowledge and intuition with the materials, allowing his senses to guide his hands and to give character to a piece.
'Jasper continues to make work that is both emotionally and texturally sensitive. Jasper has an especially strong sense of materials and is adept at both rough-hewn and polished work.'
- Dr C.W. Winter
To create his figures, he begins by observing the body and the shapes it creates - how it moves in space and expresses emotion through gestures. He seeks to capture the intangible, those subtle and fleeting moments that might otherwise escape the eye.