This morning got off to an exciting start, when I found out my licensed gift wrap and bag collection has been shortlisted for a prestigious Henries award! The Henries is an annual greetings card competition that celebrates the wealth of talent that the UK has to offer in this field. I was lucky enough to be shortlisted for ‘most promising young designer’ in the 2013 awards, so it’s a thrill to have made the final list again. To see the other finalists and read a bit more about the judging day, visit the Greetings Today website.
My gift wrap and bag collection is available in many shops across the UK including some beautiful independents, as well as chain stores Waterstones and John Lewis. There are a few examples of my art for them below, but visit the Deva website to see more of my work for them.
July was a busy month, which included my second appearance at the Harrogate Home & Gift show. It’s a great exhibition for me to do, as it’s Yorkshire based, and so am I! It’s known as being about the most sociable show on the exhibition calendar, and it certainly was! It was the perfect mixture of business and pleasure, and it was lovely to spend some time with some of my good friends on the trade show circuit!
My stand was opposite the lovely Megan Claire, pictured below, and I have reserved the same spot for next year, so find me in DP5 on stand 55 in 2016!
I’m now busy working on a licensed range for one of my new clients. The designing will come to a bit of a halt this weekend when I head on holiday to sunny Mykonos! I can’t wait for a week where I spend my days lounging by the pool, and the nights socialising on one of Greece’s most loved islands!
I can’t believe that we are now in to the latter half of June, and I’ve not had time to post about what I got up to in May yet. Time just seems to be flying. I’ve had lots of time out of the office for various work events and managed to fit in some social time along the way.
Alongside working on some colourful artwork for a local client, much of May was spent preparing for PG Live, a greetings card trade show that is held at the wonderful Business Design Centre in Islington, around this time every year. My card ranges have undergone a few changes since Spring Fair back in February. I’ve refined my offering and launched my first ever foiled cards! They have been well received and are popping up in design led outlets across the UK as we speak. I’ve popped a few images showing some of the new cards below. They will be available to buy online shortly.
I am really pleased to be continuing to work with lovely UK gift wrap company Deva Designs. I’ve created three patterns for their 2015 Christmas collection which are available to pre order now. Stockists of my licensed collection for Deva include John Lewis, Fenwicks and Waterstones. See my work for them by visiting their website here, and I’ve included a sneak peak at my gift wrap designs below.
I designed some greetings cards to compliment the collection which have been well received so far. Pg Live was a good show for me, with lots of exciting and positive leads to follow up. As a result of the show I am thrilled that my Christmas cards will be distributed across Japan. They will be available to purchase online later in the year both as single cards and packs. Watch this space!
PG Live is always a lovely show and this year was no exception. I had a stand in the same space as 2014 (see below), which is where I hope to remain for 2016 too! I’m now in the process of considering my stand for Harrogate Home & Gift in July, as well as freelancing and keeping on top of wholesale orders.
May has gotten off to a busy start, with the Tour de Yorkshire starting in North Yorkshire on the 1st of the month. On the opening leg, the course took the riders through Whitby where my studio is and also through Robin Hood’s Bay where I grew up. It was manic in the lead up to the event. Some of my lovely stockists across Yorkshire have been selling my Yorkshire bike ride tea towels, prints and cards and there were a lot of last minute orders as stock was selling out fast! I pitched outside Station Road Stores in ‘Bay’ on the day of the event and sold an array of tea towels and prints. The atmosphere was fab and it was genuinely exciting when the riders came past. It all happened so fast, but there are a couple of pictures of the riders below.
April has been a nice month for designing. I’ve had lots of projects on the go, which I’ll look forward to sharing details about when they launch over the next few months. As a sneak preview I’ve put a few recent coastal designs below.
I’m really excited that my cards are now being distributed across the USA. I met my distributor whilst exhibiting at Top Drawer in January, and my first order shipped in late March. Look out for my products popping up across the USA!
There’s now less than a month until PG Live, one of my favourite trade shows of the year. It’s held at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Do pop and say hi if you’r visiting! I have a brand new foiled range of cards launching as well as a new illustrative Christmas range. May is going to be busy busy doing last minute preparations, and getting new promo material organised!
Another busy month has ended and we are now into April. This is one of my favourite months of the year. Easter bank holiday is always a sociable time and it’s mine and two close friends birthdays, which means lots of celebrating, meals out and nights in the pub. We do tend to drag it out a bit.
Looking back to March, a couple of really exciting things happened. I’m really proud to have a selection of my greetings cards stocked in Paperchase! This has been a dream since I first started my business, so seeing them on their own shelf in the Tottenham Court Road Store last month was an exciting moment. They have chosen a selection of my occasions cards as well as some animals and my coastal cards. My Life by the Sea collection is very personal to me as it features so many of the things that surrounded me growing up. Higgledy Piggledy old cottages, fish and seagulls as well as fishing boats feature heavily across this body of work, accompanied by bright colours and seaside patterns.
A selection of my cards which are now available for purchase in Paperchase.
I managed to fit in a little break last month too. Myself and a friend visited Reykjavik. This has been on my list of ‘must visit’ destinations for a long time. Due to unforeseen weather disruptions, the trip was short and sweet, but it was a wonderful place. My love of architecture made the trip more exciting. It was great to go up the Cathedral in the heart of the city and take photos of the houses with their coloured rooftops and facades from above. I’d also really recommend a visit to the Blue Lagoon, it’s like nothing I’ve experienced before! There are a couple of images from my instagram feed below (@jessicahogarth).
The 27/3/15 saw my work published for the first time as editorial imagery in a magazine. The Wall Street Journal commissioned me that week to create an illustration to accompany a story about the likelihood your house will sell in comparison to it’s distance from the real estate office. I really enjoyed working on this project and hope to do more in the future.
Last year I designed a fabric collation for UK company Dashwood studio which launched in March and can be seen on their website here or buy it from a fabric shop near you soon! I’m busy working on new collections and designs for various clients this month and I look forward to sharing information on those soon.
I don’t know about you, but I think February has totally flown by! I can’t believe we are already in to the third month of the year. This is the first of what I plan to be monthly blog posts rounding up my goings on from the previous weeks, with other hopefully interesting posts in between. I’ve been here there and everywhere over the past few weeks for work trips as well as spending some long days in the studio.
At the end of January I packed up my little red car and headed off to Birmingham for Spring Fair which is held at the NEC. This is by far the biggest trade show I have ever exhibited at and it took a fair few hours to set up! Spring brings in an international audience which was my primary reason for exhibiting there. I was thrilled to secure a Hong Kong distributor at the show, so expect to see my cards in shops there soon! There are some images below from my stand, which was manned by myself and also my mum for a couple of the days, which gave me a chance to go off and liaise with some of my lovely clients. Deva Designs and Go Stationery are both licensing partners whom were at the show, so it was great to spend some time with them. There is also a picture from the Enesco stand, who purchased my wallpaper to showcase their Lilliput Lane products.
It’s always nice when people want to write about my work or interview me. Terry’s Blinds approached me to see if I wanted a feature on their blog. You can read about it here, and see the image below.
Finally, myself and my lovely friend Ilona Drew of I Drew This headed to Staffs uni at the end of the month to do a talk about our work as freelance designers, followed by one to one tutorials with the students. It was a great day, and made me miss being part of a big studio. I’m heading to Leeds for more talks soon, please do get in touch if you’d like me to do a talk at your institution!
March promises to be even busier, with meetings, lots of freelance design work as well as a holiday to Iceland! I can’t wait to go and explore and share some images upon my return. I’ve also got news of an exciting retailer to be stocking my cards, more details to follow soon!
Bye for now,