YOU CAN’T PUT JACX IN A BOX
National Public Radio and numerous Detroit-based publications agree with PLAYGROUND DETROIT that Jaclyn Schanes is a rising star.
“When strangers see me walking down the street in a sparkly cape they immediately scream ‘Lady Gaga’, but it is because most people don’t recognize creativity.”
Petite and powerful, Jaclyn uses touch, sight, sound, and smell to translate her streaming thoughts into larger than life concepts. She is often called “Jacx of All Trades” for her successful experimentation in various mediums. She credits her mother for her ability to evolve as an artist and for teaching her how to sew. “My dream was to have my own clothing line.”
While completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in functional sculpture and glass blowing at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Jaclyn noticed her affinity for malleable mediums such as metal and glass. She eventually craved independence from the heavy equipment-based studios and turned towards painting. Her once aggressive hand found itself softening: “Watercolor is a light material; its’ delicacy lends itself to painting dainty portraits and landscapes.”
She expresses her “marriage to contradiction” in her highly celebrated watercolor series, “SHOW PONY”. She describes the pieces as a focus on social profiling: “People judge first by physical aesthetics and that is absolutely not what they should be judging by. However I am putting myself out there to be judged… but I’m still against the idea… contradiction is continually relevant.” She has returned to fashion in her latest venture: a children and adults apparel line entitled “JACX”. “I wanted to turn my paintings into wearable sculpture. It’s the best of both worlds.” she said.
Stylist and writer, Angela Wisniewski of Detroit recently caught up with Jaclyn to get all the details behind JACX. The garments are available in boutiques nationwide. More art and information can be found on Jaclyn’s website.