Founders @ Dear Human - Canada
The work of Dear Human is an exploration into playfulness and discovery through unconventional material use, pattern and colour. Their interest in sustainability, material research and world folk traditions continuously inspire new directions of inquiry and ways of making. Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell work on their bespoke objects and commissioned works at their Montreal-based studio.
Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell
Dear Human is the visual arts and design collaborative formed by Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell in 2010.
Jasna Sokolovic studied architecture at the University of Sarajevo and at the University of Belgrade in former Yugoslavia before immigrating to Canada during the war. She completed her studies in fine arts at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Noel O’Connell is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He is a Fulbright scholar in art and architecture and spent six years studying and working in art restoration and ceramics in Thailand and China.
Dear Human’s work has been shown internationally in the design weeks of New York, Milan, Stockholm, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, as well as in numerous solo and group shows throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
They have been invited artists in residency in Mexico, Portugal, Canada and Denmark, where the couple met in 2008.
© Sylvie Li for photo credits.