Jaco Roeloffs

Professional in Art Design.

About Jaco Roeloffs

I am a Dutch South African sculptor based in Brisbane, Australia. I work with modern materials and technology to show the beauty of our planet. My speciality is interpretation and new perspectives on subjects and nature. Using old and new materials combined with modern tools and machines.

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Interview with Jaco Roeloffs

Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
I am an emerging artist. I started in 2018 as a sculptor. I work with a russian design engineer to help me bring some of the complex manufacturing to life.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in Brisbane, Australia. I was born and raised in rural South Africa. My early adult years I spent in The Netherlands. All of these places influenced me to become who I am today.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Positives are seeing my work appreciated and resonate with people.
What is your "golden rule" in design?
Trust your instincts and follow through with your ideas. Don't let them die in your head.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. Also Inventor and Solidworks for 3D and manufacturing drawings.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
IT is difficult as I have to be flexible with school age children while I work from home.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
At this stage of my career most of my projects take average 3 months to complete.
Who are some of your clients?
Mainly school looking for unique and meaningful monumental artworks that resonate with all stakeholders.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Large sculptural installations that is bold and challenging. Regardless of materials needed, I use what I need to in order to get the desired effect.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I am working on a commission for a school that captures the flight path of a falling seed.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
Conceptual work is done by me. Technical design and engineering I do with Andrew Strelnikov.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
Currently I have a work in progress that is a response to the destruction of my first major sculpture called "Sandberg". The sculpture was destroyed by the bushfires in Australia in 2019.

Extended Interview with Jaco Roeloffs

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I am mainly self taught. I am very curious and love reading about new technology nature etc. Before the internet I had hundreds of National Geographic books and that was my visual encyclopedia. Through that I was inspired by all the natural forms and colours. It also drew me to study uncommon shapes.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I would like to design houses, but I know you have to be a qualified architect. Its more that I like architecture, it inspires me.
What is the role of technology when you design?
I use it for putting ideas and shapes into context. Everything doesnt always start with a sketch for me.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
Like most artists I am very cautious of colour. Colour is so powerful.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
Sometimes. I do like working with others, it helps me challenge what I am thinking. I have noticed it helps me find other ideas during conversations.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
Not really I just loved being outside on our farms scrapyard. Making things with all the excess pipes, tubes, steel parts etc.

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