WHM Art Group starts this Thursday!

New Art Group Flyer 2016

Have a UFO that needs finishing, or just fancy an evening of creativity and conversation?

Either way, the Art Group kicks off at Walcha Handmade this Thursday 16th, June.

The Studio will be open from 6:30 p.m. (cost of $5 per person), so bring along an unfinished project, your latest project or something new to start.

For further details, please contact Megan or Emma on the numbers above.

For the uninitiated: UFO = UnFinished Object 🙂

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!

Inspiration #022

are you ever questioned about your creativity?

Are you ever questioned about why you are so creative?

If you’re ever stuck for an answer, here’s a *creative* one!

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Meet Our Makers: Tasha Chawner

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 meet Tasha Chawner – the fingers behind our Walcha Handmade website and Instagram feed.

She’s kindly let us into her studio, to share a little bit of what makes her tick.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
Where to begin….?
Mum to 2. Wife. Sister. Friend. Learning Support Officer at the local Central school. Photographer. Creator of jewellery. Foodie. Watcher of movies and reader of books. And a Conservative Hippy!
Depending on the day, depends on what hat I wear!!

Where do you live and work?
We’ve been in Walcha for almost 9 years now. Before that we were in Lismore, which is where my Husband grew up. It’s also where he did his Forestry degree, which is what brought us to Walcha in the first place.
Prior to Lismore, we owned and operated a cane harvesting contract in the Burdekin region in North Queensland, which is where I grew up.
My ‘paid job’ is a Walcha Central School, where I work with an amazing bunch of people – both teachers and students – to help our students achieve their very best.
My ‘I love this job’ – all of my jewellery and photo editing work – is done in the sunroom/dining room in my house. I’ve only recently brought my jewellery workbench in from out on the verandah (it’s just too cold to create out there in winter), which has inspired me to do a bit more making in the way of jewellery.
The photography happens wherever and whenever the situation arises. The garden is a great source of inspiration for my personal photography, and I also travel to do complete work for clients.


Who would you most like to sit next to at a dinner party?
Audrey Hepburn, Dame Helen Mirrin and Dame Judi Dench.
I’ve always admired these women for their strength and determination; their humanitarian work and the way they have embraced growing old. They’ve shown the world that grey hair and wrinkles are badges of honour to be worn with pride, not botoxed and coloured out of existence.


What materials do you use?
For my photography, I use a Canon 7D Mark II, with a 50mm 1.8 prime lens, or my much loved macro lens, the 100mm 2.8. I rediscovered my love of photography when we moved to Walcha (I’ve been making photos since my early teens),

and for me, the essence of photography is finding the emotion in ordinary, everyday moments….
those moments that quite often pass us by…

the ones we think we will remember, but that fade with time and age… I’m a fan of natural light and emotive black and white imagery, and capturing unposed, natural and timeless moments to create memories.
I’ve also recently begun exploring photography with my iPad mini – which I must say, surprises me constantly with the quality of photo it is able to produce.
When it comes to making jewellery, copper is my preferred medium. I love the warmth of copper, and the way its colour changes unique to the person who is wearing it. And then there are the healing qualities of copper, which is what brought me to working with it in the first place when my Daughter became sick with an undiagnosed illness.
I also create with paper to make cards & gift bags, and essential oils to make cleaning and beauty products. I’m a bit of a jill-of-all-trades really!


Where can we find more of your pretty things?
You’ll find more of work at my website. I’m also on Instagram and you’ll find me on Facebook too.

Handmade Inspiration #003

Creativity is...[4]

That Albert Einstein really was a smart man!

What creative ventures have you been pursuing this week?

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