Creative Faces Series - Jessica Philpott Designs
In this series, ‘Creative Faces,’ we meet freelance/self-employed individuals from the local area, who use their talents to make the innovational products or services that you love!
This is Jessica, a Childrenswear Designer and Illustrator. Her company is called Jessica Philpott Designs.
Lets test your entrepreneurial intuition, what is the first question you think I’m going to ask you?
Haha, I don't know! Erm, how about; How did I start in this industry!? Well I've always been arty and loved to draw, so after school I did an art foundation course for a year, followed by uni and achieved a degree in Fashion and Textiles. I then got a job as a Childrenswear designer where I learnt so much from how to use Illustrator to liaising with factories in China and working with different buyers to get the right product out there. After 10 years of experience, a marriage and 2 children, I decided to go freelance and sell my skills in the big wide world.
Tell us about your business, what is it you do?
I design children’s clothing for various businesses, high street shops etc and also create illustrations for greeting cards, stationary, kids bedding and wallpaper.
Tell us about yourself, what kind of person are you?
I am reliable, creative, consistent and dependable, with a great eye for detail. I am a bit of a perfectionist!
If you had to describe yourself in just 3 words, what would they be?
Creative, Innovative and easygoing!
What was your driving force to become freelance?
I wanted to spend more quality time with my children; family is so important and I also decided that this was the perfect direction for me to go in if I wanted more freedom of creativity. Working for a bigger company is fine, but you are very limited on what you can design. Plus, I get to be my own boss! I also make the tea…
How did you come up with your company name?
It’s literally my name! Jessica Philpott Designs. Simple and to the point.
What makes you stand out from the crowd?
I pride myself on my unique style of designs and being able to give colourful and vibrant interpretations of my clients ideas.
Are you looking for investment?
No not at the moment.
Describe a typical day for you?
I get myself and the kids ready, then I drop them off at school and the childminder. After that it’s straight into work mode! I always start by checking my emails and messages in case of urgent jobs, or maybe a change to a current one, then I make a drink and put the radio on. If there is any work that needs finishing, I get back to it in the evenings. I try to keep the evenings free as much as I can so I get to have a break as this too is very important.
Who, if anyone, do you have as inspiration?
There are so many amazingly creative people out there and I love their work. I follow some really talented artists on Instagram who inspire me to get my paints out and try new techniques! Carolyn Gavin is a lady whose work I really admire, the Instagram videos of her painting are mesmerising! I also like taking different design courses online, these really help to bring out other creative sides of me I wouldn't have otherwise done before.
What is your greatest achievement?
My children of course! Haha! But workwise, I’m really proud at what I have achieved so far as a freelance artist. I always knew that was the best decision for me after maternity leave and it has worked out pretty well so far. I’m also lucky that I have such a supportive husband, who encouraged me when I took the big, and let's be honest, risky jump. I always feel proud seeing the products I’ve designed in shops such as Mothercare, Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc.
What is your favourite book or film?
Well I don’t really get a chance to switch off enough to read, but I do like a good film. My favourites are The Planet of the Apes films. Step Brothers is so funny, but we did see The Greatest Showman the other day and that was excellent too!
Tell us about your family and who is your greatest support?
My husband Rob has been a huge support to me, I have two little ones, Poppy, my 5 year old daughter who is a kind, independent little lady, loves all things girly but also has a pretty impressive toy car collection. She is a great big sister to George her 2 year old brother, who is a typical boy and likes to explore everything!
Who are your main customers?
I've done a lot of work recently for a company called W4D, where I've been designing some graphics for the Kidswear trend publications they produce. I always really enjoy working on these briefs as it gives me an opportunity to get a good variety of work in my portfolio. They have been really great clients to work for.
Do you have a favourite quote?
Actually I saw something the other day that really struck a chord with me; ‘Do what you have to do, until you can do what you want to do’
What do you listen to while you are creating?
I usually have Radio one on, but it can get a bit repetitive, so when I get bored of that, I get on to Spotify. I like various music really, but I have been enjoying ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack since watching the film.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you want to have?
My family of course! Haha!
Ok, apart from them! I meant more along the materialistic line!
Well I’d have to have my phone, oh and I’d need some food so… a Terry’s Chocolate Orange! My favourite. I think probably some decent footwear too.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you title it?
I think I’d probably call it; ‘Me and My World’
How did you make your first sale?
The day after I finished my maternity leave, I had a job to go to which was working 3 days a week, 2 of those up in London. It was designing kidswear graphics and trend boards for upcoming seasons. This really boosted my confidence as a freelancer as it showed me work is out there for the taking! And what perfect timing!
How do you conquer the moments of doubt that so often trip up the creative side of people working within this highly personal sector?
I take a break and work on something else for a bit and come back later with fresh eyes. If all else fails, I know I can always ask someone else for a second opinion. I find having a second pair of eyes look at it really helpful sometimes.
What is the main thing you want your clients to remember when they think about you?
For them to think I am really good at what I do and that I’m reliable. Hopefully this would then lead to lots of returning customers and recommendations.
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