WHY MAKE? : JACKIE MADE THIS
With the launch of our very first winter market (tomorrow!), we thought it would be a great idea to feature some of our beloved makers! Jackie Made This is a talented maker who lovingly handweaves scarves and shawls using natural fibres and heritage craft techniques. Today, we chat to Jackie and discover the story behind her unique one-off pieces.
I am a textile designer and handweaver. And yes, every piece available from Jackie Made This is made by me! I only use natural fibres so my products are usually wool, cotton or silk. I’m constantly thinking up ideas for new products, new patterns, different yarns and textures I can create.
Being a maker means that I get to play with things I love and present them to people to enjoy. I’m sure most makers agree that there are lots of ups and downs, but when your work is also your passion it makes it all worth it.
This year I’ve been exploring techniques for weaving floor rugs, as well as some much smaller pieces that will be available soon! I have a long list of projects that I would like to complete… one day. It helps that I have a very supportive family who helps with the challenges that come from being a one-woman show.
The first weaving I ever did was when I was four years old at kindergarten, to test our fine-motor skills. Apparently most kids wove their yarn in and out haphazardly while I created perfect straight lines. I rediscovered this artwork shortly after I completed my textile design degree and it proved that my instincts about weaving were right. It wasn’t long after that that I purchased my first loom. I now have three!
It was after I met many handweavers during a trip to India a few years ago, that I realised it was time to dedicate some effort to building my business. Now I get to spend every day doing something that I love.
That trip also gave me a greater understanding and appreciation for slow fashion. I spend a lot of time talking to people about my craft, helping them understand the time and work involved in creating each of my pieces. Purchasing one of my scarves is an investment – they’re designed to be worn for years to come.
From the very first time I did MMM, the committee, volunteers, community of makers and customers have been so supportive. It’s my favourite Melbourne market – and I’m not just saying that! Whenever I’m asked by customers or other makers which markets I attend, I always mention MMM first. I always have fun selling at MMM – often I’m witness to customers hinting to their significant other about wanting one of my scarves! And of course catching up with all my maker friends at MMM is always a treat. It’s a great group.
Jackie will be at the next market on Sat June 18th! If you haven’t already stocked up on some winter accessories, why not come by and have a browse? There’s going to be over 40 local makers showcasing beautiful, high-quality handmade wares, freshly brewed coffee and delicious food served all day.