Our ‘Meet Our Maker’ series celebrates the people behind the scenes of Walcha Handmade, and encourages an understanding of the care and attention to detail that goes into the handmade products we carry.
This month we are meeting Jackson Cook, one of our youngest members and sewer extraordinaire.
Tell us about yourself and your background leading to your handmade endeavours.
My name is Jackson Cook, and I am a 14-year-old with a passion for creativity. One day I watched my Nan make my brother & I a lumberjack hat each and I said “I reckon that I can make that!”, only to be told that they were too difficult for me to make.
My thoughts were “No way.”, so Nan challenged me and three attempts later I had nailed it. Since then, I have won many prizes including Champion and Most Successful Exhibitor at local shows for my artwork & needlework.
Where did your business name come from?
My business name, House Of Jackson, came about when Kate (who organised The Farmers Market) became bored writing ‘Jackson’ and decide that she was going to write ‘The House Of Jackson’ instead. It has much more business appeal and is a fitting name that has stuck and will grow as I grow.
What materials do you use?
I like to use natural fabrics for most items I create. I particularly like prints by American Fabric designers Tula Pink and Amy Butler because they are colourful with bold designs. While I design most of my patterns I sometimes use purchased patterns, which I often modify to suit the final product I want.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a new range of bags with pockets on the outside and a new range of babywear.
What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had shared with you when you were younger?
At 14 years of age, I’m still only young. I’ve always been encouraged to let my creativity out as it can never cause much harm.
Where can we find more of your work?
My creations can be found at Walcha Handmade, Highland Living in Uralla, Armidale Farmers Markets, Armidale Markets in the Mall and the Uralla and Kentucky Markets also.