Jessica Hogarth specialises in surface pattern and textile design. She was born and raised in Robin Hood’s Bay, a picturesque fishing village on the North Yorkshire coast. After a childhood spent roaming the village’s atmospheric streets, Jessica attended Leeds College of Art. She studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design.
Jessica graduated from the surface pattern design course in 2010 with a first class honours degree and immediately exhibited at the New Designers exhibition in London. Jessica was offered an in-house design position with a Manchester based company. During her time in this position Jessica both drew and coloured design layouts that were then sold for use across a wide variety of interiors fabric and paper products. In May 2011 Jessica left this position and returned to her homeland in North Yorkshire to begin her surface pattern business Jessica Hogarth Designs. After over 2 years working from a home studio, she has moved in to a larger space in Whitby, which now holds her stock, as well as acting as the perfect work space to create new patterns and designs.
Passionate about her subject matter, Jessica spends a great deal of time gathering primary research for her work. She takes regular sketching trips across the UK and Europe to gather information. Such in-depth investigations result in a highly personal body of work. Her bold use of colour combined with playful illustrations make for a collection of quirky yet sophisticated designs. The prints and patterns typically depict images of daily life, or places Jessica has visited. They also feature strong influences from Robin Hood’s Bay and the Yorkshire Coast.
As well as designing for her own label, Jessica works on collaborations and commissions for a variety of companies and individuals to produce a wide range of surface pattern design repeats and placement prints. Previous collaborations have resulted in Jessica’s work being used in editorial (Wall Street Journal), on deck chairs and rugs (John Lewis), fabrics (P&B Textiles) and stationery (Marie Curie). Please take a look at the clients page to see more.
2014 saw the launch of a wallpaper with Graham & Brown, which forms part of a collection called New Wave, which is a celebration of British emerging design talent. Jessica has also collaborated with high profile British charity the RNLI. She created colourful patterns and illustrations focused around fish which have been applied to an extensive textile and stationery product range.
2015 has gotten off to a busy start, with an appearance at Top Drawer exhibition and Spring Fair. There are many licensing projects in the pipeline as well as commissioned freelance work. Jessica will be at PG Live in June as well as Harrogate Home & Gift in July. Do pop along and say hello if you’re visiting!
The popular Print & Pattern blog has just launched a new book entitled ‘Geometric’. Jessica was thrilled to have her work featured alongside many other acclaimed designers from around the world.
Jessica is very proud to have become a member of the ASPBD team, as a masterclass tutor for module four of the ground breaking e-course. Jessica recorded video tutorials for the students, focused around making the perfect repeat patterns. Find out more about the course here: https://makeitindesign.com
Jessica’s own range of products, which is mainly focused around colourful greetings cards are available in a growing list of shops and galleries across the UK. Stockists include Fenwick Bond Street, Utility and Paperchase. Jessica also exports her cards for overseas distribution. Current distributor territories are USA, Canada and Hong Kong. She was thrilled to be shortlisted for a 2013 Henries award, in the ‘most promising young designer/artist category’. The judging was undertaken by a number of high profile British buyers from outlets such as Paperchase, Scribbler and Tesco.
The press have picked up on Jessica’s work too, and her work has been seen on many occasions in both print and online. Confessions of a Design Geek, Pattern Observer and the Print Pattern blog have featured her products online. Printed press includes Mollie Makes, The Simple Things, Homes & Gardens, Homemaker and The Sunday Express.
Jessica has a growing portfolio of prints and patterns that are available to license. Please take a look at the portfolio page to view a taster of her range, of request a password for access to the full collection. Jessica is available for freelance work, collaboration and commission, as well as selling her product range on a wholesale basis, so please do get in touch if you feel her design work may be suitable for you!