Casie Nicely’s Autobiography
My name is Casie Ann -Jolieth Nicely. I was born in 1985 in the parish of St. Mary in Jamaica where I live and work. I attended the Tacky High School, which is in the parish St Mary. I went on to do programmes in Customer Service and Data Entry at the Port Maria Training Centre (NCTVET), in the parish’s capital.
My dad, Mr. Gilbert Nicely is an artist, and he was the reason I fell in love with artwork when I saw him making cute baskets and bowls. At the age of 12 years, I decided that this was meant to be my profession. My dad taught me how to use the tools, especially the chainsaw and that’s where my journey began. I find my work to be fun and sometimes relaxing, especially when its time to look for driftwood at the beach.
I have been displaying my work for several years at shows around the island. In September 2011, I participated in the Design Caribbean Trade Show held in Santo Domingo, Dominica Republic.
Recently, along with my Dad, I participated in the annual Liguanea Art Festival, which was my second time participating in this event. The festival was a success for me as it allowed me to expand my clientele. Resulting from the festival, my dad and I were featured in a television programme on May 21, 2012 on CVM TV. I was also featured in the Jamaica Gleaner’s Flair Magazine, on Monday, April 16, 2012, which I found to be a great experience. The features allowed me to build my self-confidence, and to meet new people.
My objective as a designer is to think outside the box, to show that everything is possible. By doing this I hope to capture the minds of those interested in my work, and to help others have a greater appreciation of art.
I love working on just about anything whether it be big are small, from a bowl to a door. I like to challenge myself and am inspired by the everyday life and the things I see around me, such as trees, animals and people. I design functional pieces to best reflect the beauty that I see. Each piece is unique and is strongly influenced by the shape of the wood. I like to work with driftwood which I collect on the beach and make all pieces from natural raw material. I also try to keep the personality of each client in mind when designing the pieces.