It’s easy to spot a Lynette Jacobs layout; her style is clean, bright and extremely emotive. I’ve been following her work for some time now, and have always marvelled at the subtle detail and form that she brings to her projects. But, the second I met her, I knew I wanted to work with her. She’s passionate, kind, a mother & wife and does the most incredible mission work. In a nutshell, she is changing people’s lives in a positive way from home, to work, to play!
I’m extremely excited to see what magic Lynette will bring to the table. Watch this space!
You can follow Lynette on her blog (click here) and learn a little more about her from this interview…
Please, could you briefly introduce yourself?
I have lived in Port Elizabeth most of my life and in the same home for nearly 30 years. I have been married to my husband Kobus (who is my soulmate and best friend) for more than 38 years. We have two sons and a daughter who also live in Port Elizabeth and they have blessed us with 6 grandchildren.
We all know the life of an artist is tough, so why do you do what you do?
I don’t believe that I have ever considered myself to be an artist. I do know that our Creator made us to be creative and without it, some part of you will be missing.
Do you have a specific process to get the juices flowing or does it come naturally?
Goodness, when I have been away from my studio for a time it is always difficult to get going again. I first need to get my space orderly and then I usually choose a photo and a sketch as a jumping off point.
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
I believe that when we start with paper crafting we learn by using the work of others as inspiration. I have found that comparison kills creativity. You need to find what you are comfortable with and go with that…it will ultimately be your style.
What role does the artist have in society?
Without art, life would be bland and boring. I believe artists add beauty and colour to life.
If you could change one perception in this world, what would that be?
Most people have the perception that the brokenness of the world is so BIG that it is impossible to make a difference. I would love to make them see that each one of us can make a difference. It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering…it can be a kind deed done to someone who cannot do it for themselves…and then to make it part of their routine to continue doing it.
What types of projects do you most enjoying doing?
I love all sorts of projects but I most enjoy single page scrapbook pages and I have lately started playing around to memory keeping in Travelers Notebooks.
What’s your strongest positive childhood memory?
I grew up as one of six children and the oldest of five girls. Life was tough but we never went to bed hungry. My mother always told us that money doesn’t buy class and that we must never consider anybody as “better” because of what they own.
If you were an artwork, which one would it be?
A brightly coloured abstract work.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
I am inspired daily by people who don’t give up despite the odds against them. I marvel when they overcome their problem and grow in self-esteem.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
When you have children they often cause the most embarrassing moments. I remember when we were in the Kruger National Park when my boys were young. We stopped at a rest camp where there were a big group of people. We were all watching a crowned hornbill and the next moment a stone came flying through the air and hit the bird. I nearly died of embarrassment when I realised that the “crack shot” was my oldest son. He was standing with a broad smile and the rest of the onlookers were not impressed.
What jobs have you done other than in the arts & crafts industry?
I am actually not in the arts & crafts industry at all. I worked for a short-term insurance company for 10 years and 19 years ago my husband and I started the Vistarus Mission Station where we work with broken, addicted and impoverished people that have become homeless. That is my real job, but I prefer to use the word calling.
If you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?
Flat sandals with lots of colour and bling.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Let peace be your guide.
What couldn’t you do without?
My family, they are my reason for living.
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
When I am not working at the Mission is the only time I have to create. I am also a serial photographer and I love to lose myself in a book.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am an introvert. I need regular time to switch off and recharge. That is when I retreat to my studio, put on worship music and create.
What is your favourite:
Colour: Any shade of blue or mint
Animal: Golden Retriever
Movie: Any action movies
Book: My Utmost for His highest (most read other than the Bible ;-)
Do you collect anything?
HaHa!! Does scrapbooking stuff count? I collect Willow tree angels.
Know any good jokes?
I never remember punch lines so telling jokes would probably become my most embarrassing moments ;-D
Do you social media? Or what is the best way to get in touch with you?
I am on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Blog (all listed hereunder).