Jessica Hogarth Interview

Jessica Hogarth Interview

Jessica Hogarth specialises in surface pattern and textile design. She was born and raised in Robin Hood's Bay, a picturesque fishing village on the North Yorkshire coast. After a childhood spent roaming the village's atmospheric streets, Jessica attended Leeds College of Art. She studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design.

What inspired your Marie Curie range? 

I created the design a while ago whilst looking at natural objects as inspiration for patterns. Even though it’s simple, the circular like shapes almost have a celebratory feel about them, like mini condensed fire works which I think makes for a fun design.  

How has your style changed over the years?

I don’t think my style has changed an awful lot. I constantly strive to make my work have its own unique look and feel, so I hope that no matter whether it’s a geometric piece or something less abstract that the general look is the same. I want my work to be recognisable. I really felt like I had a personal style and portfolio when I graduated back in 2010, so I’ve concentrated on keeping this look ever since.  

What is your favourite piece in the Marie Curie Range?  

My favourite piece is the tote bag. I love cobalt blue, and the pattern looks striking in a one colour print on the cotton. Totes bags are becoming increasingly popular, especially after the introduction of a carrier bag charge in many shops, so it works well as a stylish but very useful and functional product!   

Why did you choose to support Marie Curie?

It is an honour to support a British charity that is working hard to support people that are suffering with illness. The fact that the sale of products with my design on is contributing towards giving people the care they need is a really nice feeling. I have worked with many companies, and it is a joy to collaborate with, and see my work across a whole range of different products, but the fact the sales are going to such a worthwhile cause makes it extra special.  

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I was approached by the Wall Street Journal Earlier this year, and I created an illustration which was published in their real estate magazine, Mansion, at the end of March. The WSJ was a dream client for me, and the commission came from nowhere, so that is certainly a big highlight for me so far!  

We know your hometown of Robin Hood’s Bay and nature feature heavily in your designs.With Spring just around the corner, will you use the changing season to inform any of your upcoming work?

 I am really keen to push my body of coastal work this coming year and have plans to off-lay some of my admin work which should provide the opportunity for me to spend more time creating. The starting point for this coastal work in particular will certainly be my homeland of Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby, where my studio is. Once it’s getting towards Spring, it will be great to get outside and take some photos and think about where I want my work to go next.  

What is next for you? 

I am planning to spend more time focusing on the artwork side of my business next year, and create lots of new design work. I am thrilled to be exhibiting at Surtex, an art licensing show that takes place in New York each May. It’s been a career goal for a couple of years now and I can’t wait to head across the pond and hopefully gain some new clients in 2016!  

What advice would you give to young designers or artists just starting out in this industry?

Slow and steady wins the race! It has taken me 4 years almost to get my business to where it is now, but the growth has been constant and at a pace I can deal with. All aspects of running a business are important - from accounting to marketing to designing, so make sure they all capture some of your attention and do them properly from the word go. Running a business is definitely a juggling act!  

Just for fun! As a bunch of tea lovers in the shop team, we love the mug! Our question would be – if you could share a cuppa with anyone, who would it be?

Good question! Well I am a real music lover especially of soul and funk music, so I think today I’d choose the sadly deceased legend that is Marvin Gaye. I’d love to hear about what life was like playing concerts back in the 60’s and 70’s. His music has had a lot of air time in my studio over the years so it would be great to hear more about his life and inspirations. 

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