My name is Jessica Swift.
I make things because when I do, I feel more hopeful, happy, and alive.
Simple as that.
If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that we matter. All of us. No exceptions. And sometimes we all need a hand—a reminder that we’re not alone in this big, crazy, beautiful, heartbreaking world.
I have found that life can be messy. At times beautiful, occasionally heart-breaking, and often complex, I find that art smooths out the rough edges, making the journey just a little lighter.
Sharing my designs with others makes me feel connected. And it comforts me to know that my work might make you feel a little more connected too.
Trust your inner voice.
Follow your heart.
Live your most courageous, authentic, dream-filled life.
I believe every day is an opportunity to dig deep, get real, and create something meaningful. Although I look for beauty in everything, life’s no picnic, and there are times when it can be hard to find the silver linings. My art, my children, and my tribe make it easier, keeping me resilient, determined, tenacious and hopeful. Most of all, I find that when I give myself permission to be who I am, magical things happen.
what i do
I am an artist and fabric and surface pattern designer who creates colorful, magically uplifting artwork intended to inspire others to live courageous, honest, hope-filled lives. I create and manufacture my own products to sell in my Portland, Oregon studio. I also license my artwork to others for branded products such as fabric, stationery, puzzles, books, and more. My online classes include pattern design, color, and intuitive art-making.
A Bit About Me
I am a solo mama of two amazing young kiddos.
I have a BFA in painting from Ithaca College, where I did a lot of oil painting and monoprinting.
My dream is to write and illustrate children’s books; working on that.
I’ve never had a real job! I am 100% self-taught in pattern design and in business.
I moved from Atlanta, GA to Portland, OR in June 2012 with my husband, Ryan, our 2 cats, and a trunk full of glossy paint. I still live in Portland with my two kids, but one of the cats died. And so did my husband. Ryan died unexpectedly in August 2018. Amazing things emerged from his death and helped me through. You can read more about that here. So it’s me, the babes and the cat, and we are a-ok. Thanks to this creative outlet I call a business, we are adapting, learning to live with joy in spite of our loss.
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