I’m Jessica Swift — a full-time artist (surface pattern designer and painter), creative business owner, 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 feel, happy, hopeful, and alive. Simple as that.
But I also make art because I want happiness, hope, and aliveness for you, too. You matter. (Yes, YOU!) So much.
Everything I create — from rainboots, to iPhone covers, to paintings and prints, to downloadable printables, e-books, and worksheets — is designed to make you feel GOOD, to remind you that you're allowed to trust yourself and follow your intuition, and to inspire you to live your best life. I want to remind you that you matter and that you're allowed to feel good, JUST BECAUSE. The world needs your most joy-filled you!
Because when you're content with what you’ve got and where you are, 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 and remind them that they matter, too, simply by existing.
You grant other people permission to find their own version of happiness.
Be brave. Be happy. Live color to the max!
TIDBITS + TRUISMS:
: 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 (surprisingly) became a runner when I moved to Portland — and have run 5 half-marathons since September 2013! I regularly start my day with 5:30am workouts, which include running up and down Mt. Tabor, our neighborhood volcano, leaping, stretching, pumping iron, and general insanity. I feel extremely tough, awesome, and disciplined. Though I'm slowing down these days, because guess what? I'm expecting a baby in September 2015!
: I created + started teaching my first-ever e-course in 2014 — Pattern Camp — and I’m awfully proud of it. It’s pattern design bootcamp for aspiring pattern designers, and over 600 people have joined in (and loved it) so far!
: 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 (no, I know) 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.