Meet Our Makers: Jackson Cook

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.

jackson-cook-5Tell 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.

handmade stuffed toy owls 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.

colourful geometric sling bag by House of Jacksonjackson-cook-2What 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.

sewing paraphenaliaWhere 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.

I have Facebook and Instagram where I am always posting my latest creations.

Thanks, Jackson, for sharing with us!

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Meet Our Makers: Kimberlee Pascoe & Rachael Wellings

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.

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Friends since Kindergarten, Rachael and Kimberlee dreamed of making candles together, and now twenty-something years later, they’ve made their dream a reality.

Tell us a little about your home & family life.

We both grew up in Walcha, are married and have beautiful children. Rach has three handsome boys and Kim one darling daughter.

Where did your business name come from? And what materials do you use?

Our business name is Spanish for ‘candle’!

We use soy wax with exquisite fragrances.
Our favourites are: Coconut & Lime, Pomegranate, French Pear, Blueberry Cheesecake, Vanilla Delight and Japanese Honeysuckle.

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What are you currently working on?

We have just released our Christmas range – fancy an Island Christmas or Delicious Christmas pudding?!
Also we are keen to work with new materials and incorporate them into outdoor living. Cement and wood will complement our candles just nicely!
We have trialed diffusers and were happy with the result, so we can include some new summer scents to liven up your home!

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What is your creative space like?  What kinds of things happen there?

Our studio (Rach’s kitchen) is where memories are made… from preparing lovely food, to pouring candles and many shared cups of tea!

pouring candles in the vela kitchen

Where can we find more of your pretty things?

At our favourite stockist – Walcha Handmade! Or our Facebook page – Vela Candles – be sure to ‘like’!

Thanks to Kim & Rach for sharing, and allowing me in to their kitchen to share in the fun of a pour!

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But Coffee First from Simply Dashing Decor

Not quite a bit of handmade inspiration I know, but some days you need to have your coffee before you create!

What’s your preferred brew – tea or coffee?

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One of the really wonderful things about Walcha Handmade opening up in our little town was discovering that there are so many like-minded creative and crafty individuals around.

What stuff do you make that makes you happy?

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