For years I’ve heard about the importance of passion/side projects. After months of working on my own side project, I’ll be launching my own original handprinted textiles, accessories, and leather goods brand, Jessica Necor Studio, in the fall!
I studied all kinds of printmaking in high school and LOVED it, but took a long break to study graphic design in college. After graduating and interning at Vans for 6 months, I ventured back into block printing for my final intern project. I designed shoes digitally for months and making patterns with my hands felt amazing!
When I moved to Portland, Oregon for my next internship, I found a bustling and abundant maker culture rich with resources and community. I started taking classes at ADX Portland (and used their studios on the weekends), then at Modern Domestic and Klum House. All while still working at a digital agency. Working with my hands felt so good and brought balance to my work life where I stare at screens all day and help design for the connected age.
I started doing small projects at night in the bedroom I rented, then ramped up when I had a (slightly, not by much) bigger space. Getting mentored by the amazing Ellie Lum from Klum House helped push me in the right direction. The maker community in Portland is amazing and I was so inspired by other makers who also lived and worked here.
So Jessica Necor Studio is my passion project, and I’m so happy to share it with you! Making and experimenting brings me a lot of joy and I’m excited to see everything grow and change.