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,
It’s always really exciting to see my work in print, whether it be a magazine feature, or on a licensed product. I’m really excited that for the first time, my work has now been featured in a book! Print & Pattern is a world famous blog, featuring some of the best surface pattern from around the globe. Alongside the daily design updates, it’s founder, Marie Perkins has been compiling design work for use in books, that are usually on a specific theme. I was approached last year to see if I would be interested in having my designs featured in the latest book entitled ‘Print & Pattern Geometric’, and of course I said yes!
There are many well known designers from around the world that have been featured including one of my design heroes Sanna Annuka. Other artists include Racahel Taylor, Sian Elin, Inaluxe and Esme Winter, all of whoms work I really admire.
The book can be purchased through Amazon here and I’m sure it will be making its way in to bookshops around the globe soon!
I’ve put a few images from my section below, and also decided to feature a few more of my own geometric designs. I am mainly employed to create illustrative conversational artworks, but I do enjoy doing geometrics from time to time. Two of the pieces in the book were created as part of my final degree portfolio, and the chevron design has been licensed for use on products such as paper craft merchandise, which is on sale across Europe.