A very busy February

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. 


Spring Fair


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. 


Designer insights

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, 

Jessica x 







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Print & Pattern Book – Geometric

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. 


print and pattern - geometric




print and pattern geometric


jessica hogarth - geometric design


geometric print - surface pattern design


jessica hogarth geometric pattern


jessica hogarth - surface pattern designer - geometric



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Top Drawer: New greetings cards launch

Happy new year! I can’t believe we are half way through January already. It’s been a busy one so far as I’ve got lots of freelance work on the go, as well as having just exhibited at Top Drawer in London. I showed at the exhibition for the first time last year, and was excited to exhibit again this January, in it’s new home at Kensington Olympia. Card have become a focal point of my wholesale collection over the last year, so I was situated in the card section, surrounded by some lovely people with gorgeous work. 


Before the show set up commenced I had a catch up and photo shoot with my product photographer Yeshen Venema, whom I’ve mentioned numerous times before. He’s always a pleasure to work with and I’m thrilled with the outcome of our latest shoot. I’ve popped a few images of my latest designs below. All photos were taken by Yeshen. 


Valentine's card


New baby boy greetings card


Birthday cards


Jessica Hogarth greetings cards


coastal greetings card


New home greetings card


New home greetings card


Jessica Hogarth greetings cards


Male birthday age cards


I have recently added a new colour option for my popular Coastal Cottages tea towel. We re-shot this product and I’m excited to update my online shop with all of the new goods. Watch this space for some coasters coming soon! 


Coastal Cottages tea towel in turquoise


Coastal Cottages tea towel


I was really happy with my stand at the show, after spending a fair bit of time preparing over Christmas. My lovely brother helped me to set up the stand, and he was surprisingly good at measuring and hanging all of my frames! I’ve put a few pictures below. The printed paper lengths caught the attention of many passers by, as did the deck chair, the design on which I’m proud to have licensed to John Lewis. The product has been selling in store for the past two summers and I’m hoping it will make it’s third appearance this year! 


jessica hogarth trade show



jessica hogarth top drawer stand


Top Drawer stand


I’m now busy preparing for Spring Fair which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from the 1st to the 5th of Feb. I hope to see some of you there!  


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Botham’s Christmas Products

bothams x mas banner


It’s always lovely to work with a local client, and designing the Christmas tea towel and cards for fabulous Whitby based company Botham’s was no exception. I spent a few days in August getting in to the Christmas spirit creating my own interpretation of Whitby, whilst paying homage to the company, that in my opinion, make the best chocolate cake in the world. ‘Top Botham’s’ is depicted at the bottom right of the design, which is situated on Skinner Street in the town. 


Since it’s opening in 1865, Botham’s have been providing people near and far with delicious hampers and gifts. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Whitby area like I do, then there are plenty of places to grab a tasty treat for lunch. 


The tea towel has my signature linear illustrations combined with duck egg and mustard highlights. The design has also been shrunk down for use on the company’s Christmas cards which are inserted in to hampers and given to customers during the festive period. I’ve popped the design below as well as a couple of close ups. Head to the Botham’s website now to see the lovely items they have available. 




Botham's tea towel


Botham's tea towel

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Blog Hop

My lovely and very talented friend Ilona of I Drew This asked me if I’d like to take part in this, my first ever blog hop! 


Following on from me will be my friend Mel, from Mel Smith Designs, who you will be able to find exhibiting at the East London Design Show in December. 


Now, time for my blog hop questions and answers! 


Blog Hop - illustration work

What have you been making at your desk this week?

 This week (like most) has been rather busy! I’m heading off on a long weekend to Madrid tomorrow, so I’ve been tying up loose ends before I go. The main project which has been taking up most of my time, is a licensed design brief,  consisting of 24 pieces of artwork for paper craft products. I’ve been working with the client for a couple of years now, and it’s great to get stuck in to a nice big project and design a full collection. There’s an image of some of my original illustrations above, and then some of the designs below. 


Jessica Hogarth_ blog spot_envelope print

blog hop - travel illustration


blog hop - Jessica Hogarth illustration work  


Alongside designing, I’ve been busy organising Christmas and every day wholesale card orders. I’ve sent out a box of goodies to Hong Kong this week, and am also part way through packaging a large parcel destined for Canada (below)! 


Jessica Hogarth greetings cards


Where am I currently finding my inspiration?

I spent a couple of days in Manchester last week, primarily to visit the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. My friend Jules, of I love Yuyu was exhibiting and her beautiful graphic products were really inspiring to see. I took some time to wander around the city centre too, and visit some of my favourite places for stationery. I was most impressed with what M&S had to offer (pic below), and I ended up purchasing a calendar for next year as well as some gorgeous Christmas cards. 

Nothing beats getting out and about taking in random sights and mulling over ideas, however when I’m confined to the 4 walls of my studio, I turn to Pinterest, where I’ve been looking at beautiful vintage travel postcards all week!


blog hop - M&S x mas cards


How important is being creative to you and how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?

This is  really important, however I think it’s important to have time not thinking about creating new things and taking time to relax, not think about work, and spend time taking in things which might spark the next great creative idea! If I’m honest, my work/life balance used to be fairly non existent. I would rarely spend time at home and not work, as my studio was in the garden, so I’d be up at 3am working if I felt inspired! Since moving to a business centre in Whitby in august, I have much more clean cut working hours, and now take a bit more time to relax in the evening. I wouldn’t say being at home now means my brain isn’t switched on;  I’m often discussing my next design ideas with friends and family, but sometimes just talking about it is enough after a long day!


PS I’ve just found out I have been shortlisted for the ‘entrepreneur under 30′ award in the Scarborough business awards, which I’m thrilled about! 





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