Jesses Mess

Jess Mess

Name: Jess Racklyeft
Location: Melbourne, Australia

How about a brief introduction?
Well, hello there! My name is Jess and I am an illustrator in the beautiful (currently rainy) city of Melbourne. I just managed to convert one of our rooms into a studio, and I’m enjoying a creative time at the homestead filling this space with works of watercolours, pen, ink and of course the beloved Gocco.

What made Gocco so special for you?
I bought my Gocco through Japanese e-bay – I had to get a kindly friend to translate and buy it for me, then send to a friend of hers who I met at karaoke in Tokyo to pick up! With such effort to pick up this machine-of-wonder, and on one of the best holidays of my life (I got engaged there too) the Gocco has been, and will be, a very special tool for my art making. I even used it to make our wedding invites!

Any tips on using a Gocco that you’d like to share?
I was very scared to make my first print! I trawled the net for instructions, and found this video very helpful. But you just have to GO FOR IT – make some (semi) expensive mistakes, and enjoy the process. Also, remember to always handle the bulbs with gloves and dispose of carefully – apparently they are very toxic.

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
Art-wise, just this week I was part of an Emerging Artist Exhibition at the Walker Gallery in Dandenong, Melbourne – it was an impressive show, and I felt happy to be selected. I feel like I’m just getting started this year, even though I have illustrated for my whole life, and it is feeling really good.

Share something random with us!
My second toe is longer than my first. It is an “alien toe” and I am not a fan of it. 🙂

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