In fact, I come from a long line of creative women. I remember painting china at the knee of my grandmother. And thus, I later learned to draw and paint in many media. I discovered the elegant fiber arts at my mother's side. I segued from her tutelage in needlework and began to weave, something that satisfied both my technical and creative sides. The love of the creative was also passed down to my two daughters. Some of the more joyful times in my life have been spent creating in the company of these strong and beautiful women.
Though we always had many creative endeavors, all of us always loved the creation of wearable art, particularly jewelry. In fact, my grandmother made jewelry almost until she passed. My mother still creates exceptional bead woven pieces. My daughters, and even my young granddaughter, have also dabbled in the creation of baubles.
Because of a series of life-altering events that set me on a course of self-evaluation, I affirmed that creating jewelry was a part of my life that gave me joy. I began to be more serious about learning new techniques and discovering my personal style. I also discovered I enjoyed creating for others, and that is how the idea to make this a business started.
I had an “aha” moment when I discovered the art of wire weaving, and that has become my signature style. I delight in melding wire and metal with stones, art glass, crystals and other materials to create a unique piece. Although I focus in wire weaving, I will also offer you other techniques and materials.
You may be wondering how I came up with the name Jacocalo Design. Because of the shared love of creating that I have with my mom and my daughters, I wanted to honor them. I derived the name of my company from the first two letters of my name (Janice), my two daughters’ names (Corinne and Caitlin), and my Mother’s name (Lona): Jacocalo. The pronunciation is “jah-CO-cah-lo”.
I am deeply grateful to be able to share my joy and creative energy with you. I hope you enjoy wearing my works of art as much as I enjoy creating them. And more than that, I hope I can inspire you to find your own muse, whatever that may be for you.
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” - Georgia O’Keeffe