A Cup of Tea with…Jessica Hogarth!

We’re the right side of Wednesday, which means we’re on countdown to our Instagram #thortfultakeover this weekend.

The lovely Jessica Hogarth is this week’s awesome creator who will be wowing us all with a behind-the-scenes peek into her creative life.

We wanted to sit down with her before she took control of our Instagram account, to quiz her about work, life and her guilty pleasures.

What does it take to become a surface pattern designer?

Lots of hard work and you need to be creative! There are a lot of talented people out there, find your own look and don’t try to be like anyone else, and you’ll soon find your place in the market. I guess I spend a lot of time pondering and thinking about my work, but I think it’s important to reflect!

Tell us a secret about working in surface pattern design…anything goes!5656eda6e4b025ab258dcf1d_medium

I personally think it’s one of the most fun areas of the design world to be involved in! Literally anything goes! When working with pattern, the surfaces your designs can be applied to is endless, so it’s an exciting industry to be in!

What’s the one piece of equipment in your kit you couldn’t live without? 

My 0.38 muji pen! As simple as it sounds, it is what I use to create 99% of my illustrations before I transfer them to the computer for digital colouring.

What does your average day look like?

This is a total cliche, but when you have your own business there is no such thing as an average day. There is always some emailing to be done, perhaps a bit of accounts (I like to be organised with paperwork!), and of course sending out card orders, as well as working on designs for new products and freelance collaborations.

When you have a day off from designing – what do you like to do?

I play hockey for my local team Whitby Ladies, which I love. I find that playing sport is a great way to unwind after a hectic day or week in the studio, and the social side of playing for a team is great too!

Tell us something not many people know about you…

I used to want to be a professional musician. I have grade 8 jazz clarinet and first went to university to study for a music degree. I decided to leave and reapply for art college, as I was missing being creative artistically. I found the perfect course and never looked back! Sadly I don’t really play music any more as I just don’t have the time.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

At the moment, my guilty pleasure is definitely the TV show Pretty Little Liars. I have joined the party late, and there are about 6 seasons to get through. I’ve very quickly got to season 3 and I am addicted!

Visit here for Jessica Hogarth’s designs on thortful.