Ten years ago I gave up my 9 to 5 job, sold everything I owned, including my house and flew to India on a one way ticket.
I stepped out of one world into another, a world full of unlimited possibilities and the opportunity to create joy.
My time in India gave me an overwhelming passion for design and colour and a realisation that to be a creative human on the planet is the most exciting thing; to experience and to learn about all 5 senses an amazing privilege.
Before I left for India I worked as a PA, organised exhibitions, designed catalogues and managed projects. These skills are now proving very useful indeed.
Now living in the beautiful English Cotswolds, inspired by nature and my own garden I hand draw and paint many of my own flowers. Working with colour, texture and form live in the garden is a huge challenge and to bring this knowledge into my designs is so exciting. It took time for me to find my way in design through a wealth of creative art experience: music, the performing arts, horticulture (RHS trained) and photography. It was a journey for me to realise that surface pattern design allowed me to bring together all my various experiences and influences.
All my artwork is either hand drawn with pen or hand painted with gouache or watercolour. I love to create movement and flow in my patterns and combine vibrant colour palettes for a fresh take on florals. I have travelled extensively around the world and love to explore different cultures, especially their history in the arts. I love to translate different cultural influences into my design style.
You can see my process on https://www.instagram.com/jill_oconnor/
I welcome the opportunity to work with manufacturers, retailers, art directors, private commissions to realise my designs onto your products whether it’s bolt fabric, gifts, homewares, interiors or stationery.
So if you’ve got this far thank you for reading - I’d love to work with you and create beautiful things.