About

Jackson John Wells is a freelance designer / maker.

 

 

Jackson grew up in a rural community on the far south coast of New South Wales where he was encouraged from a young age to participate in many hands-on activities. A childhood hobby of Jacksons was to collect old bikes from the tip, break them down and rebuild them into strange new bicycles. Throughout high school, Jackson excelled in both metal and timber based subjects which nurtured his developing interest for design and making. Growing up in such a physical and pragmatic environment has led to Jackson’s current approach to design. Jackson enjoys regularly bouncing between sketches, models and full scale prototypes. Within the pieces that Jackson designs, he likes to push his ideas to an almost artistic level and then pare them back to become functional and enjoyable pieces of furniture.

Throughout his work, Jackson aims to find a harmonious balance between contemporary digital fabrication and more traditional, hands-on techniques. His portfolio demonstrates a collection of pieces that combine the accuracy and efficiency of CNC technology with the affection of hand-made components. Jackson works closely with local industry to develop his pieces.

Jackson graduated from the University of Tasmania (UTAS) in 2017 where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design (Furniture Design) with Honours.

 

Awards

2017 - GOTYA Award (Vic-Tas), Furniture & Object - Winner

2017 - First Class Honours Degree - Bachelor of Environmental Design (Furn) (Hons): Blood Pressure Booth

2017 - IDEA Awards, Emerging Designer - Finalist

2017 - IDEA Awards, Furniture & Object (Rising) - Finalist: Terrace Lounge and Table Set

2016 - Design Tasmania Design Awards - Top Ten Finalist: LX1 Floor Lamp

2016 - Deans Summer Research Scholarship; University of Tasmania

2014 - Deans Honours Roll of Excellence; University of Tasmania