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 Entering Jakes

Entering Jakes

In August 2015 we stayed at Jakes Hotel (with 2 teenage boys). Since this is an art blog I’ll stick to the arty bits. Jakes is extra special because artist Sally Henzel created its unique, sometimes called boho on the beach, cottages, pool, spa, bar and other spots. Mosaics, coloured glass embedded in walls (that make places glow from the inside at night), natural style lighting hanging low from the many variety of trees, gorgeous flora, colours you could drink and funky, interesting forms abound. Inside, there is wonderful art and block print fabrics. As an ex mosaicist with a penchant for warm colours and natural materials, I was loving being there.

Sally Henzel was set designer on the 1972 movie The Harder They Come with Jimmy Cliff. Credited with being the movie that brought reggae to the world (thank you!!!), Sally’s late husband Perry was the co-writer, producer and director. We watched it while there and I spotted hits of red in the super cool set designs and noticed that one also sees these red highlights all over Jakes. Ahhh red with sea greens and turquoise-blues...a fave colour combo of mine; could look at it all day. Anyway, a big thank you to Sally for creating such a wonder!

Jakes is part of the Treasure Beach community and have lots of amazing projects on the go through their Breds Foundation including a sports park, a fishing sanctuary and a primary school. There are no brand-resorts in Treasure Beach. You aren’t gated in and you can walk around and experience the community, eat in the local restaurants and stroll around safely (within reason) in the cooler evenings.

If you are the sort that appreciates a non-carbon copy type of hotel, designed by a real artist, then I would certainly recommend Jakes. Also, the food is great.

My pics are not as good as the professional ones one can find on the net... check ’em out for more Jakes.

I don”t often try out magical-thinking but being desperate for a bit of sand and sea I had been visualizing lying in bed and being able to look out at the waves way before booking this place...well whaddaya know...surprise!!! Note the orange headboard of a sea view bed in the background that I had no idea came with this place till we arrived!

 My fellas on the porch of our pink and yellow cottage (Jack Spratt).

My fellas on the porch of our pink and yellow cottage (Jack Spratt).

 Our outdoor shower was pure heaven. The flowering tree above kindly dropped blossoms at our feet.   

Our outdoor shower was pure heaven. The flowering tree above kindly dropped blossoms at our feet.

 

 Can I live here? Can we get this moved to Chelsea, Quebec?   

Can I live here? Can we get this moved to Chelsea, Quebec?

 

 Interesting botanical forms abound at Jakes...inspiring for this painter.   

Interesting botanical forms abound at Jakes...inspiring for this painter.

 

 Cushion covers and bedspreads are in a variety of block prints. Even the beach towels they provide are cool.

Cushion covers and bedspreads are in a variety of block prints. Even the beach towels they provide are cool.

 Lovely mosaic touches on pathways.   

Lovely mosaic touches on pathways.

 

This path is a wonderful example of a design consideration which is family and contrast (I don’t know if it is actually called this). I first heard about it reading up on garden design. Quite pleasing for instance is when you grow adjacent plants that are a family but also opposites. Say one grows 2 plants side by side that both have similar forms, say orbs, maybe even the same-ish purply-blue (ornamental onions?). If they were too much the same it would be boring but, if one flower is noticeably smaller that the other and also perhaps a much lighter hue, then we have the beginnings of design magic. 

Here we have a family of paving materials with the large desaturated colour of the main slab contrasting beautifully with the small colourful mosaic pieces. I would even guess that if you took the colours of the mosaics and mixed them up, you may very well end up with the colour of the stone. There is also the relatively organized structure of the path versus the rough ground. Also the lighter hued framing for the slabs is the perfect width somehow....like a balancing act of weight. This is what I think Rothko’s work is partly about, though he would vehemently disagree; he never appreciated people noticing the exquisite balance of his compositions rather than his true intent, their emotional symbolism.

 Tone-on-tone lovely lovely greys.   

Tone-on-tone lovely lovely greys.

 

 How about this pink?   

How about this pink?

 

 One of 3 Octopussy cottages. Seriously, google the inside of these places.   

One of 3 Octopussy cottages. Seriously, google the inside of these places.

 

 View from Dougie’s Bar.

View from Dougie’s Bar.