I’m Jessica Swift — a full-time surface pattern designer, artist, and author.And I’ve got a few things to say about HAPPINESS.
I believe that HAPPINESS is like food, sunshine + water.
It’s not frivolous — it’s mandatory. An undeniable human right.
We need it. We deserve it. And we can find — and create it — in limitless ways.
For me, happiness isn’t about cupcakes, balloons + manic cartwheels across the lawn.
I find happiness in those moments when my mind stops chattering + nattering, and I simply feel OK with what I’ve got … OK with what I’m creating … OK with who I am.
I make art because it makes me happy and hopeful. Simple as that.
But I also make art because I want to create everyday moments of happiness and hope, for YOU.
Everything I put into the world — from rainboots, to iPhone covers, to paintings and prints, to downloadable printables, e-books, and worksheets — is designed to help you feel happy, to trust yourself, and to live your best life. A reminder that you need — and deserve — to feel GOOD in your life.
Because when you're content with what you’ve got, you stop fighting with your heart …
You start to unravel your wild + colorful dreams — and take those dreams seriously.
You find untapped reserves of enthusiasm + energy.
You take big, brave strides — and say YES to adventures.
You inspire other people, simply by existing.
You grant other people permission to find their own version of happiness, too.
(It’s kinda like a pandemic virus — except AWESOME.)
This is supposed to be my ‘official’ bio, and I probably ought to include some impressive
But honestly? I’d rather just leave with you this:
Be brave. Be happy. Live color to the max!
: I am 100% self-taught in pattern design and in business — and I’ve never had a “real grown-up job” (I don't think my brief stint as a piano duster, at age 15, counts. Neither do my burrito-rolling days in college or my year of waitressing right after college!).
: I started my career by exhibiting in juried art shows when I was 22 — but once I discovered how to create repeat patterns on my computer in 2008, it was true love! I soon began licensing my patterns to manufacturers, and I never looked back.
: I have a BFA in painting and a minor in French. One day I will use that minor when I own a houseboat in Amsterdam and visit Paris regularly. Quelle merveille!
: I moved from Atlanta to Portland in June 2012 with my husband, our 2 cats, and a trunk full of glossy paint. We love living in Portland — and I love posting behind-the-scenes photos and other adventures from our life here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on my blog.
: I ran my first half-marathon in September 2013 — and am currently training for another on in December! I regularly wake up at 5am for my bootcamp workouts, which include running up and down our neighborhood volcano, leaping, stretching, pumping iron, and general insanity. I feel extremely tough, awesome, and disciplined!
: I just released the second edition of my e-book — JUMP. TRUST. REPEAT. — and I’m awfully proud of it. It’s a collection of real-world stories + practical guidance for aspiring artists who want to go pro. You can learn all about it, over here.
: I have a weirdly morbid imagination … which doesn't exactly show up in my artwork.
(This is probably a good thing.)
: I dream every night. In vivid color.
: I think you are mighty fantastic. And if you’re thinking about quitting, downshifting or giving up on your dream … don’t. Not yet. Trust me on this.