Louise Jakobsen - Tutor
Company: Capricorn Creations
Speciality: I love the versatility of working with wire (I am a little obsessed with making rings!) but really class myself as a Mixed Media Designer and love immersing myself big bold, often structural, projects that incorporate elements from wire, gemstones and cord to enamel, fabric and broken china!
Town/City: I am from and still live in the beautiful city of York which inspires me daily with its mix of architecture, people and landscapes.
What's your day job? Teacher Trainer, Instructional eLearning Designer, Jewellery Designer-Maker-Tutor-Author, PartyLite Consultant and Mum! (I like to keep busy!?!)
What is your favourite JM moment? I love the variety of the different shows and the fun that comes across. I really like the Designer Inspiration shows at the moment, I love learning from others and there have been some amazing, and different, techniques explored over the last few months that I have tried (or have on my list to try!)
Background/How long have you been making jewellery? I have always been creative and have been making jewellery since I was about 6 or 7 years old (just a couple of years!). It is the craft I always go back to because it is so versatile and many elements from different creative pursuits can be combined into it, and with many techniques I like to use there is almost instant gratification with a finished piece you can wear quickly.
What courses do you teach both for JM and outside and why? I teach many aspects of jewellery making to a wide range of individuals. For JM I teach the Wirework for Beginners Workshop which is a great opportunity to meet some of the wonderful customers JM have. Outside of JM I teach Introductory courses (beading, wirework and exploring colour), Specific wire workshops (including rings, memory wire, bangles & bracelets and hand-made chains), Jewel Enamel Sessions (introduction, intermediate and projects), Working with Cord (including Macrame & Kumihimo) and Vintage inspired mixed media and upcycling workshops at local cafés, creative venues and jewellery groups. I also run jewellery making parties (from children’s birthdays and girly nights in to hen nights and team building sessions!) and regularly write for several Jewellery and lifestyle magazines. I love teaching – especially witnessing the moment when someone realises that they ‘can do it’.
Who/What else inspires you outside of JM and why? I am a big fan of the styles that came out of the Art Nouveau period in terms of the swirls and flowing flowery patterns, especially Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs, however I also like the stark contrast and angularity of the Art Deco style as well as more modern & fusion styles like steam punk and the uniqueness of up/recycled jewellery. In short at one time or another everyone and everything, from nature and architecture to fashion and colour inspires me and my designs!
What is your favourite colour? I used to be very much a pink/purple person but more recently I have become a big fan of green - I guess it is my way of connecting what I do to nature.
What is your favourite gemstone? Labradorite – especially when it is high quality and displays amazing electric blue schiller.