11 August 2011
A Coversation with Prue of JAKOnappies and More
Prue of JAKOnappies has filled her on-line shop with the most practical and variety filled range of baby related items you can imagine. Gorgeous hand-knitted blankets, and merino singlets and beautifully stylish merino 'snuggle wraps' (pictured above) are just a few of the items you will find. Prue has a passion for upcycling and longevity and this can be seen with her reusable wipes and modern cloth nappies. Here, Prue shares why she's all about 'handmade for baby'...
Who is JAKOnappies and More?
What’s your “handmade groove?”
I am far from a machinist! This is how my range grew. I like making individual items, and original things. I sadly get quite excited when I get a gorgeous bit of material!
What’s on your bedside table right now? (hey, no tidying up or censoring)
Alarm clock, heater remote, bib, milo cup, and a toy car.
Who are your creative role models? What music, books, images, poetry spark your creative fire?
My Nana would have to be the creative role model in my life. It all started when my Dad made me a glorious dolls house, and I got the Sylvanian Family I had coveted for ages like most 6 year olds. Unhappy with the store bought floor mats, duvet covers and clothing for the bears, my patient saint of a Nana slowly but surely taught me to knit and crochet. That started my love of something a bit different, and I have scoured op shops since my teens reshaping and changing items to something that “suits” me.
What could you talk late into the night about with like minded people?
The trials, tribulations and rewards of combining family with business!
If you could go to three free workshops/creative events this year which ones would they be? What are they about?
I would love to go to a heritage/vintage knitting/crochet evening.
Teaching others the “art” of upcycling.
Handmade for you baby! How you can make reusable wipes, breastpads, nappies and clothing for your child. Items will last longer, be cuter and work better for your child than mass produced items.
How do you balance your creative life with your family, life commitments?
Sometimes I simply don’t if I am honest! Most of the time it works okay, generally I get my grove on when the older two are in school, and baby girl is in bed. But baby girl is quite partial to playing in my off cut basket of material so quite often is happily in there whilst I am cutting out things. Most of my knitting is done in the night once the kids are in bed, and all the motherly duties are done eg. Teeth brushed, story read, up for glass of water, no more water, good night!
What is your favourite creative screw-up?
Doing one of my upcycled clothing items. People often give me there older clothes and ask me to recreate an article for their children. Often I look at it, see what I want to make, but it ends up being completely different yet I love what it comes out like!
Kitchen table or studio?
Kitchen table /Master bedroom! My darling husband after falling over boxing far to many times has built me a sewing table with my machines and snap press set up in our bedroom. The kitchen table still gets overrun on cutting days!
Do you have a wish list? Can you tell us what’s on it?
An embroidery machine………..sigh
My office/sleepout to be finished
Oh and 8 hours of UNINTERRUPTED sleep!