The Pattern Social is a design collaboration between surface pattern designers Jessica Hogarth and Jules Mckeown. They met nine years ago at Leeds College of Art – Jessica as a textile student and Jules as a design lecturer. A couple of years following graduation Jessica started her design company under her own name of Jessica Hogarth Designs. Whilst setting up her business she sought the advice of her former textile tutor, Jules (who was running her own wee design company) to see if she was doing the right thing. Jules fully supported her decision and encouraged Jess to ‘go for it!’ The rest they say is history.
Four years on, Jessica has established a very successful design business. 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 surface pattern design repeats and placement prints. Jessica’s own range of products, which is mainly focused around colourful greetings cards are available in a growing list of shops and galleries across the UK. Stockists include Fenwick Bond Street, Utility and Paperchase. Jessica also exports her cards for overseas distribution.
Jules McKeown, started her textile design journey at the renowned Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland. Nearly eighteen years on, (my goodness!) having worked in top design studios in New York and London; Jules now lives in the vibrant city of Leeds and divides her time between designing for her company Yuyu, part-time lecturing to the textile students at Leeds College of Art, and most important role – mum to son Bertie.
Back in 2008, after freelancing for a number of national and international clients she decided it was time to do her thing and launch her very own greetings card and stationery ranges at her first major trade show in London. She continues to design cards, which are sold to independent retailers throughout the UK, Europe, America and Canada. Jules also undertakes freelance commissions and licenses her designs for a variety of different products and also get her hands dirty with a bit of lovely screenprinting.
Sharing the same design aesthetic and love of pattern Jessica and Jules formed a textile support network and friendship that has led them to their joint venture – The Pattern Social. The duo showcased their work for the first time at Surtex in May 2016, and have booked to exhibit again in 2017! Both Jessica and Jules successfully license and sell designs commercially for products such as kids clothing, greetings cards and stationery, gift bags, wall coverings and home textiles etc.
Welcome to The Pattern Social. Enjoy!