I stumbled across Jackie Beck’s artwork by accident, while surfing Pinterest. Another pinner had pinned up an image of one of Jackie’s works, available on Etsy. Something about Jackie’s work resonated within myself, maybe it was the vibrant colours, or the abstract shapes, or the techniques she uses. I Googled her company, Jacque Textile Designs Ltd, and read with great interest about her. A lot of it mirrored my own aspirations and sources of inspiration.
Here are Jackie’s own words about herself, taken from her Etsy profile. http://www.etsy.com/au/people/jacquedesigns?ref=owner_profile_leftnav#
I have worked in the garment and textile industry for more than 20 years. I am experienced in various positions including sales, purchasing, designing, managing, and textile researcher. I attended the University of Minnesota and received a BS degree in apparel science and design. My experience includes creating commissioned pieces of fabric for a variety of clients including museums, galleries, quilting stores, clothing and accessory designers. Also, I have taken variety of courses in web development, marketing, and surface design techniques.
My Minneapolis based company has been in business for over 10 years, and my fabrics have been featured in a variety of magazines. In addition I have licensed several of my fabric designs to textile manufactures. As an integral part of Jacque Textile Designs ltd I have been proactive and constantly educate myself regarding new design and production techniques the textile industry. While attending college and working on a research grant, I found my passion and interest was in fabrics; the science behind fabric, different ways they are made and the variety of applications used. The creation process of textiles intrigued me, especially the printing and dyeing process.
My fabric designs are a creative expression of feelings, with explosions of color, which look three dimensional on a two dimensional surface. I am inspired by the dynamic imagery in nature: the forms, textures, colors, and I collect many objects of nature from trips and incorporate them into my designs. I love the texture of bark, veins in leaves, beauty of colors seen in tropical settings, wildlife and animals. I am also drawn to the shapes, colors, texture, and intricacy of beautiful landscapes, and the vastness and mysteries of the universe is inspiration for me. The first step in creating my art fabric is the creation of the design, and the inspiration must be discovered. I must decide what message I want to send the viewer, and what emotion I want to evoke from my fabrics. My main objective is to have the fabrics evoke a message or emotion from the person viewing them, even if it isn’t the one I intended.
I guess I’m a wannabe Jackie Beck. Her profile reads like what I hope mine could read in 20 years’ time…I wish I had had the opportunity to do a course in textile design or surface pattern design. In fact, I wish I’d known when I was 18 what I wanted to do with my life, rather than let my father decide for me. But anyhow, it’s never too late, right, so that’s why now I’m determined to make/find my own way to achieve what I want to achieve, do what I want to do, create what I want to create. I couldn’t find any information on how Jackie prints her beautiful fabric panels, but I did find some categories that she listed her skills under, on her Etsy page, which may point us in the right direction:
Very experienced in many techniques used in surface fabric design. Digitally Textile Printing, Discharge dye,various dye techniques, Quilting, Screen Printing, Shibori Dye, various painting
I’ll let Jackie’s wonderful artwork inspire you. (Images courtesy of Google Images)