It’s my first afternoon back in the studio following ten days in New York city. The primary reason for the trip was of course to exhibit at Surtex for the first time. I have however been lucky enough to stay for 5 days longer to visit a friend who is living in Brooklyn. I had never real spent any time off Manhattan island so it has been great to explore more of New York on this visit.
Surtex as a show had a great vibe and I think myself and Jules will be exhibiting again, under our collaborative name, The Pattern Social. We had a lot of lovely compliments on the look of our booth and fresh colour use. It also made a nice change for me to do a trade show that wasn’t focused around the wholesale of cards. The National Stationery Show (NSS) was happening at the same time in the same building however, and I was pleased to have my work on display on the Timbergram stand. As always, the stationery brand Rifle Paper Co dazzled, and their booth looked amazing.
There are some photos of our booth below. Follow @ThePatternSocial on Instagram for updates on this collaboration.
I had some lovely meals during the trip, but a highlight was eating at Rosa Mexicano, which is on 18th Street, just off Union Square. The restaurant is famous for its guacamole, which is made fresh by one of their super efficient waiters, at the table. I ended up going there three times both for lunch and later in the evening.
Delicious food at Rosa Mexicano
The View bar and restaurant on floor 48 of the Marriot Marquis hotel was a nice treat after we had taken the show down. The Around the World gin based cocktail was far too easy to drink!
View from The View!
We of course had some time to hit the shops. I was delighted to find one of my favourite illustrators Danielle Kroll had designed a shirt for Anthropologie, whose collection of both apparel and homewares was as colourful and quirky as ever. It was great to go to my first baseball game, where I saw the Mets play against the Washington Nationals. I also tried to keep up with exercising myself, and the pic below was taken on a morning run, looking across to Manhattan from Brooklyn.
I really hope to exhibit at Surtex again and look forward to seeing what comes as a result of the show over the next few months.
May is always a nice month to be a greetings card publisher as it means one thing, PG Live exhibition is happening! PG live is a greetings card specific trade show held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. The standard of product is high, the quality of visitors is next to none, and the social scene after show hours is not to be missed! I can’t wait to head down to the capital on Sunday and set up my stand for the show opening on Tues 10th May. I have been working on some new card designs and look forward to launching them at the show. The range is called Eclectic and features imagery inspired by all kinds of themes.
As soon as I am home from PG Live, it’s going to be a quick turnaround before heading to New York for another trade show! This time I am exhibiting at Surtex, an art licensing show held at the Javits Centre, NYC. I am so excited to be heading to New York for a work trip, and plan to get time to eat some good food, take in the sights, and of course shop whilst I am there! I am heading over with a friend, Jules McKeown, and we are exhibiting under the name, The Pattern Social. Take a look at our website to see more and check out the flyer and a couple of portfolio pieces below.
My Fiesta Fever Collection:
Pattern Clash by Jules McKeown:
I am delighted to have teamed up with top salad brand Florette, to create an illustrative yet simple design which depicts various types of salad leaves, that feature in Florette salad bags.
The illustration has been applied to a contemporary white salad bowl, which can be won by Florette customers as part of an on-pack promotion. Thousands of shoppers will have the chance to win a bowl, in the competition which runs from the 2nd to 29th May 2016.
Visit www.florettesalad.co.uk/salad-bowl-giveaway to find out more
Have a great May! Jessica x
Hi everyone, Spring is nearly upon us (yay!) and I am writing this on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the studio. Sometimes it’s nice to work on a weekend. There’s very little to distract me, and I can tick off lots of little jobs making for a less hectic start to the new week. The business has had a great start to the year, and amongst other things, I am thrilled to now have an Australian distributor for my cards. Waterlyn are the lovely company I am working with, and they also distribute the cards of designer friends Tache Crafts, Megan Claire and Paper Salad.
The next two months promise to be busy as I have two trade shows in May. One is PG Live, the greetings card show that takes place at the Business Design Centre in London on the 10th and 11th of May. On the 13th I will be jetting out to New York to take part in Surtex show for the first time! Surtex is an international show that individual designers and studios attend to both sell and license artwork. Licensing is a big part of my business and I can’t wait to hopefully connect with some new potential clients. I am going to be exhibiting alongside my friend Jules McKeown. Jules was my tutor when I studied at Leeds College of Art and we have remained in contact since! We will be exhibiting under the name The Pattern Social in booth 546. Take a look at our website to find out more about Jules!
We will be decorating our booth with colourful fabric banners amongst other product examples which will take some planning, but our focus at the moment is finishing our artwork! Here is a sneak peek at some of my work. I have really enjoyed pulling collections together and look forward to developing a couple of new ranges before everything goes to print next month!
Watch this space for more news as our trip to the Big Apple gets closer!
One thing is for certain, during these strange and uncertain times, I am finding time to do things I have been putting off for a long time. This blog post being one of them! It is almost a year since I last wrote. I mainly use my Instagram account to keep people that are interested in my work up to date with my goings on, but my website is important too. I wrote a blog post about my favourite things to do in Whitby around this time last year and you can read it here.
We have been fortunate to have some lovely weather in Whitby since this lockdown began. I have been trying to get in my allowed hour of exercise every day, either by going running or enjoying a walk after I have done some design work. The new extension recently opened on the East pier so it was great to have that to ourselves the other night and look back at the town from a different angle. My business has certainly been affected by the pandemic. The shops I supply are all closed so my only business currently is online from my Not on the High Street and Etsy shops. I thought I’d share a few of the pictures I have taken over the last couple of weeks. I know there are so many people that would have loved to be visiting Whitby right now, and I feel lucky to be living here in times like this. The local businesses and residents will certainly be ready to welcome back visitors as soon as it is safe to do so.
Whitby East in the gorgeous evening sun.
On the East Pier
Two doors I hadn’t noticed before on Henrietta Street.
Looking up towards the Abbey and St Mary’s Church.
Church Street – the quietest I have ever seen it!
I visited Berlin earlier this month for a bit of sightseeing with my boyfriend. This is the third time I have visited the German capital, but the first time I have had chance to properly wander the city. We had two nights and three days there, but would have happily spent another day or two as there is so much to see and do!
Berlin feels pretty big, so we bought daily travel cards and used a lot of public transport to navigate the city. We stayed right near Hauptbahnhof station which was really convenient for getting around. The weather was pretty poor when we first arrived, so after ducking in to a few shops, we emerged from TK Maxx with umbrellas and then headed to the Berlin Fernsehturm (TV Tower) for lunch. On a clear day, the views from the observation deck and restaurant are spectacular. We had partial views due to fog, but the longer we stayed up there, the clearer the sky got! You can just visit the observation deck, but we opted to pre-book a window table for lunch in the restaurant that rotates, giving you a 360 degree view of the city as you dine. Once the sky cleared a bit, colourful houses were revealed, as shown on the image below.
Berlin certainly did not disappoint on the food front. We headed to Markethalle Neun for food on Thursday evening – which is the night for a once weekly gourmet food market. I left full of fresh pasta, cookies and ice cream, and would definitely recommend a visit to anyone in the city on a Thursday! We then went to Mano Cafe, a cosy independent bar nearby. Time your visit right and you might be able to take control of the private little seating area accessed via a step ladder, allowing you to look down across the bar.
Another food highlight for me was brunch at Kauf Dich Gluklich. I first had their cheeseboard back in 2017 when I visited for new year, and I knew that I needed to have it again at some point! For approx 9 euros you get a plate full of cheese, avocado, pineapple and olives, accompanied by delicious bread. I would also recommend Father Carpenter which is located in Berlin’s Mitte district. I had a delicious vegan banana bread with whipped peanut butter and a chia and raspberry jam. Yum!
As animal lovers my boyfriend and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon at the Berlin Zoo – which is the largest and oldest zoo in Germany! There is also an Aquarium on site, which can be visited if separate tickets are bought and there are insect and reptile houses too.
I had read about Monkey Bar at the Top of the 25Hours hotel so after seeing all of the animals on the ground, we sat with a drink in hand in this tenth floor bar, looking down in to the Monkey houses at the zoo.
We did lots of walking during our stay, stopping by landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag building, as well as the East Side Gallery (pictured below).
We flew home from Tegel airport, which is closer to the city than Schönefeld is (the airport I’ve used previously), and we got a bus there using our travel cards, making it super easy. I hope you have a wonderful time if you’re planning a visit to Berlin in the future!