Hello *waves* - I’m Sarah Jane Whittaker, the maker at Mojo & the Maker. I make tiny editions of jewellery, paint and write.
Whether designing jewellery or making artwork, my work always encourages you to look closer, notice subtleties, feel the feelings and treasure the sublime joy of the imperfect.
Armchair psychologists would spot the reason. Nearly 30 years ago, at the age of 28, a hot-shot lawyer with the world at my feet, I was diagnosed with an incurable and progressively disabling condition, and I've now lived in a damaged and disabled body for more than half my life.
I make my jewellery and paint with numb hands, which makes texture so important to me - a distressed or textured surface gives me a bit of information, in a way that perfect polished finishes just don't.
Sadly, it's been well over a decade since I've been able to go for a walk in the countryside, or beachcomb - heck, I can't even put the rubbish bins out at the end of the drive these days. But making jewellery for you, and splashing paint around to create art, totally gives me my mojo back - hence the name Mojo & the Maker.
It seems to me that a handmade piece of jewellery, designed from the heart and made with love and care, carries something extra and inexplicable with it, and I love that.
Once you start wearing your new jewellery next to your skin, it’ll start to feel almost like it’s part of you, so the ethos of its making is important (don’t wear your jewellery in bed, though - follow my jewellery care tips).
There’s only one of me (I can almost hear my oh-so-hilarious husband saying ‘thank goodness’) and my jewellery is crafted by hand, so it’s only ever going to be available in limited quantities. As a result, when you choose jewellery from this website, you can feel confident you’re getting unique and thoughtful designs, handmade the traditional way, made even more special by being scarce. Possibly even the Antiques Roadshow finds of the future - who knows?
Attention to detail, underpinned by creativity and vision, carries right through to Mojo & the Maker’s packaging, designed to produce maximum excitement when it’s opened. Your jewellery arrives stylishly gift-boxed, with extra little flourishes inside - I love that Mojo's inner box liners give you just a hint of what’s inside, before the big reveal - that brilliant moment when you get to hold your new piece of jewellery for the first time, and start to bond with it.
Sarah Jane x