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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. 

 

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print and pattern geometric

 

jessica hogarth - geometric design

 

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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! 

 

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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

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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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New studio, new website, new work!

It’s been months since I posted an update, so I thought I would do a round up of the summer in one go. It’s been an exciting but busy few weeks, moving in to a new studio and spending a lot of time working on my new website. I’m so pleased with it, and I hope you find it easy to navigate. 

 

Having more space to work, and being away from home has made a massive difference already. The mundane tasks such as stock takes and order packing are now somewhat hassle free, and take a lot less time. I’ve popped a couple of images of the studio below. I’m just a few minutes walk from Whitby’s bustling Church Street, and the towns harbour.

 

 

 Pop up shop

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My new workspace

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I’d like to say a big thank you to my wonderful web designer, Paul Taylor at Aura Creative Media for his hard work. I wanted the site to be a place for customers to shop for my products as well as a place for clients to view my portfolio. I have a brand new clients section which features a selection of my freelance collaborations. Customers can enjoy 20% off everything in the shop by using the code yay! at the checkout. Valid until Midnight 12/10/2014.

 

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This year I am pleased to have worked with Marie Curie, Deva Designs on gift wrap and bags and The RNLI, on their entire summer 2014 product range. Look out for new products launching with paper craft company Trimcraft very soon!

 

Visit the clients section to see more of my freelance work. 

 

 Marie Curie collaboration.

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