Whereabouts and what did you study?
I studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art and graduated with a first class honours degree in June 2010.
What have you done since graduating?
I showcased my final degree collection at New Designers in London and from that got offered a job as an in-studio designer with a Manchester based studio. I worked there for 8 months, before leaving in May 2011 to begin Jessica Hogarth Designs. The business officially launched at the British Craft Trade Fair in April 2012 and has continued to grow since.
What inspires your work?
My rural, coastal upbringing has had a big influence on my work. I have a growing number of coastal themed designs, some of which are applied to a range of products. I also enjoy travelling to new and interesting places. I just love Paris, and things I have seen on my trips there have inspired a number of my designs.
How do you produce your designs?
All of my designs begin as hand rendered illustrations on paper, mainly using pens, but sometimes I dabble with inks! I scan my illustrations in to the computer, tidy then up on Photoshop, and then colour them digitally using Illustrator.
Have you always wanted to be a designer?
No, I think so far in my life I have wanted to be a vet, a hairdresser, a policewoman and most recently a musician! After beginning a music degree, I realised that design was where my passion really was and I left to pursue an art-based course.
Do you have any tips for someone wanting to begin their own design business?
Work hard and be passionate about your subject! I love what I do which means putting in lots of hours working on the business is an enjoyable experience, but it is time consuming and hard work! You need to get you and your work out there. A website is a must and I find social networking sites such as Instagram and Twitter particularly effective for promoting my business.
Who are your design heroes?
I have a long list of designers whose work I adore, but these four are particularly high on my list!
Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co
Do you take people on for work experience?
Unfortunately I am unable to offer any work experience at the moment.
Can I send you questionnaires via email?
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of requests, I am unable to respond to individual emails from students needing information for projects, or to those who need one to one advice about making their mark in the design world. If you are wanting to break in to the surface pattern industry, I’d strongly recommend Rachael Taylor’s e-course – The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design or a course by Lilla Rogers. You can find out more about these by clicking here and here
Can you tell me who manufactures your products?
All of the products sold under my own name are manufactured in the UK. I am required to list the manufacturers I use on my Etsy shop. You can find out more about them by viewing my listings on there. Click here to go to my shop.
Can I read more about you online?
I have been interviewed and written about a number of times online you can visit the following blogs to read a little more about me:
Confessions of a Design Geek interview