Gabriel Jacka is just a lovely young man (this is how my Mum describes him!) who happens to be a super fantastic textile designer. He has recently done some work with New York Interior Designer Diane Bergeron and lately he has turned his hand to textile design and his first range is quite simply stunning. It’s unique, it’s bold, it’s versatile, it’s australian and it is just wonderful. I’ve been lucky enough to do my first ever guest designer profile on Gabriel and I do feel very privileged.
Before you read his interview, peruse through his awesome range of textiles, believe it or not his first range – so good! From one so young I can’t imagine how much better this is going to get, stay tuned for the next range.
A little interview to get to know Gabriel a bit better…
- Where did the creation of you come from?
My family left inner city Melbourne when I was 6, we moved to the rolling hills of South Gippsland, to a small town called Mirboo North about 2 hours east of Melbourne. Growing up in the country was a great childhood; there was so much freedom and always things to do! I moved back to Melbourne to study textile design, I must say it has been one of the best opportunity’s to have lived in both the inner city and country
- Tell me a bit about what you do?
I am a young Textile designer; I have a belief that design of all kinds should be timeless and not driven by trends or fads! I try to create fabrics that will look amazing in any home and at any time. I illustrate this through my blog, where I showcase articles from old magazines and books to show just how timeless design can be!
- How and why did you get into this?
At the end of school I was at a cross roads, what should I do? In the end textile design fitted into almost every design field, weather it be fashion, interiors, graphics etc, so textiles it was!
- What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on developing my range of textiles and adding new products to my collection.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from / what or who inspires you?
Inspiration can come from anything and anyone. People who inspire me have a strong idea of what they like and have a strong belief in there ideas. All of my day-to-day experiences add to my designs, I find that looking up or taking a different way to a familiar place can provide new and inspiring ideas!
- How would you describe your style?
I like a mix of periods, simple, classic, traditional basses to then add colour and pattern to. This applies to everything, dress, home, life!
- What do love about what you do and the industry you are in?
I love have being able to create! To have an idea and then seeing to evolve to become a finished product. I love seeing how other people use my fabrics in their own homes!
- What advice or tips would you give to our readers?
Don’t worry about trends that tell people what and how they should live their life, if you love something that is considered “dated”, just love it don’t hide it!
AND that when decorating a few pops of colour will add so much life to your space and does not need to cost you the earth!
- Where is your happy place?
I most happy when I am with the people who mean the most to me, just enjoying their company.
Head over to Gabriel’s website for more information on his gorgeous fabrics gabrieljacka.com