Meeting the makers and seeing how they create the beautiful things they do is one of the most interesting parts of our job. We recently had the pleasure of visiting the divine Sacha Jacobsen in her sunny northern beaches studio. Sacha is the creative force behind Juno + Ace. She designs and makes beautiful brass wall hangings and mobiles. We were keen to find out a little bit more about Sacha so we asked her a few questions….
So, Sacha tell us us about your journey to becoming a designer and maker....
I started making jewellery when I was pregnant with my first baby (I now have 3). That was back in the UK 8 years ago now! Phew! I did a jewellery making course on my maternity leave and it slowly grew from there into a business. Then after a few years and another baby, my Aussie husband sold his business and we decided to move over here to Sydney. I was pregnant with my 3rd bubs at the time and with 2 small pre-school kids in tow I didn’t expect to start making again so soon. But, after a trip to the Finders Keepers just before Asa was born in 2016 I was so inspired it didn’t take long for us all to settle into aussie life as a family of 5 and for me to pick up my tools again. Juno + Ace was born in early 2017 and I was mostly making jewellery, as I always had, but with such strong competition out there in such an overly saturated market, I decided to make a few changes and launch a range of brass wall hangings as well. These used my existing skills and gave me a point of difference from the jewellery crowd. From these I started making mobiles as well and now you will find Juno + Ace is doing all 3!
Where do you find your inspiration?
I love the simplicity and impact of geometric shapes, especially those with a feminine feel, circles, ovals and arches. I don’t often gravitate towards edgy shapes in the same way. I also love modern art. I grew up in St.Ives, Cornwall and there is such an amazing art scene there. I was surrounded by Barbara Hepworth sculptures and paintings by Terry Frost as a child. They built a Tate Gallery there when I was about 8 I think and I remember being taken there on a school trip and I just loved it! The building itself is all round curves and set right on our busiest surf beach (although its often too cold to surf)
What are you working on at the moment and what's the inspiration behind it?
At the moment I am playing catch up after a very busy trade show. I did my first trade show in August and the response was amazing. I’ve been working for several weeks now just catching up with the back log of orders I received. As soon as I’m caught up with these, I have all my Christmas markets to start prepping for as well as planning a few workshops too. And when I finally find some ‘spare time’ for research and development, I have a few ideas I’d love to get into, such as some table top sculptures and other homewares that could be made with a brass twist.
We also asked Sacha.......
If you won $10 million on the lottery would you still do what you do?
Yep, or if not this exactly, I would defiantly always be making things. I need to keep my hands busy and my creative mind well exercised other wise I get a little up tight!
Who are you following on social media at the moment?
Having recently changed product from jewellery to include homewares as well, I have started to follow a bunch of awesome interior designers and amazing stores. But another amazing person I’ve just found in a totally different sector (food and travel) is @local_milk. She does the best podcasts for small creative businesses
Where do you like to shop?
I like to shop at the markets I take part in. I love doing trades with other creatives and I always want to look a little different so I find buying your clothes from small independents is the best way to do that.
What is your favourite restaurant?
My husband and I went on holiday to Biarritz in the south of France quite a few times before we had kids and there was this amazing seafood restaurant right on the cliff, but it was so rustic and down to earth. Just perfect. I don’t really get to eat out all that much now with 3 small humans to look after.
What advice would you give to anyone starting a creative career?
Don’t give up if it doesn’t all fall into place straight away. You have to keep trying and eventually you will find a way to get the ball rolling, and when it does you roll with it and learn as you go.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
Hmmm, I sometimes suffer with anxiety and have had PND and because of that my business gives $5 from every online sale to charity called PANDA -perinatal anxiety and depression Australia.
You can find out more about PANDA here