Jessica Hogarth was raised in Robin Hoods Bay, a picturesque fishing village on the North Yorkshire coast. After a childhood spent roaming the village’s atmospheric narrow streets, famous for their smuggler past, Jessica attended Leeds College of Art to study Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design.
Jessica graduated in June 2010 with a first class honours degree and immediately exhibited at the New Designers Exhibition in London, where she was headhunted for a design role with a Manchester based company.
In May 2011 she left this position and returned to her homeland in North Yorkshire to start Jessica Hogarth Designs.
Passionate about her subject matter, Jessica spends a great deal of time gathering primary research for her work and taking regular sketching trips across the UK and Europe to gather inspiration. Paris, in particular, is a place Jessica continues to draw inspiration from. Such in-depth investigations result in a highly personal body of work.
Her use of bold colour combined with playful illustrations make for a collection of quirky yet sophisticated designs. The prints and patterns typically depict images of daily life, places Jessica has visited or feature strong influences from Robin Hoods Bay and the Yorkshire coast.
As well as designing for her own label, Jessica works on collaborations and commissions for a variety of companies and individuals to produce a wide range of print and product designs.
2012 saw the launch of a range of ‘designer edition’ iPhone and Samsung cases in collaboration with Korean marketing and branding company Lab C. The cases produced with Jessica’s designs feature a mixture of both graphic abstract patterns and highly illustrative conversational prints. A free iPhone app is also available for download, meaning the designs can be used as decorative phone wallpapers.
Jessica has also sold designs for interiors fabrics. American quilting company P&B textiles approached her to develop a city inspired collection entitled ‘VeloCity’ which sold internationally. Other collaborations have resulted in menswear prints, greetings cards and designer totebag/rucksacks. Jessica has seen freelance work go on sale in John Lewis, and her own products sell at the awarding winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park shop, as well as a range of independent retail outlets up and down the UK.
Jessica is available for freelance work, collaboration and commission, so please do get in touch if you think Jessica’s work would be suitable for you!