Wabi Projects is an independently run studio forming a body of work that speaks to the home, creating a connection with the people & objects within it. We've been dying to talk to artist, Jake Springthorpe to find a little more about himself. and his creation, 'Wabi Projects'.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Jake Springthorpe, I am a multidisciplinary artist and designer.
I've been working as an artist for the past 4 years, developing ideas of minimalism and simplistic arrangement of space and form.
Growing up, did you always have a creative flare and a love for painting?
I'm not sure where my creative drive came from, though I have grown up with a pencil in hand. (leaving a trail of drawings that are still kept safe.)
After leaving high-school I immediately signed up for a Graphic Design degree and started running warehouse exhibitions with local artists and creatives. Before long I had opened a small gallery in the back laneway of James St, Burleigh. This only lasted around a year before I moved on to work as a full-time as designer.
I still work as a men's garment designer while keeping busy on my latest undertaking; Wabi Projects.
We would love to know how Wabi Projects came to life?
I wanted my artworks to reach more people, so decided to produce a collection of prints that would allow me to release limited scale art that can be affordable for the community. I reached out to a group that works closely with hemp paper makers of Northern India & was blown away by the process. I ordered my first lot of papers and produced a line to compliment their texture and finish.
What materials do you use and what are the processes of creating such magic?
Each paper sheet is made with a mixture of raw & recycled hemp fibres. These papers are made some of the last traditional hemp papermakers in India, so really are a work of art in their own right.
They are then individually printed using non-toxic, water based inks.
We print using a silkscreen process. This leaves an organic appearance that cant be replicated with digital printing techniques.
Finally they are signed & numbered, ready for framing.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
My inspiration definitely comes from the home. I try to incorporate a strong connection between my work to the objects that occupy a space.
When you’re not designing, what are you doing?
If I’ve finished one thing, I'm usually working on the next idea. I'm really fortunate to be able to call my hobby a 'job'.
Have you got any new designs in the works? Can you give us a little hint…
2019 is already developing into a really exciting year for Wabi Projects. I've just aligned with some like-minded creatives & started on a few collaborations that are still in progress, hopefully moving into some larger homewares pieces ;)
Jakes artworks are available for purchase at our flagship store.
22 Christine Avenue, Miami, 4220 QLD.
Find Wabi Projects on Instagram ~ @wabi.projects