Jennifer studied design, art history and printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art + Design. Following graduation, she spent two years developing a finer appreciation of color and pattern at the cosmetic company Fresh. She boldly stepped out on her own, building a design company routed in imaginary vacations around the globe. Her company has grown from an inspired collection of travel prints to designing custom patterns for individuals and clientele around the globe.
When Jen started her company, her dad had early on-set Alzheimer’s and control of her own schedule allowed her to help care for her father while burning the midnight oil with pattern design. The first print in her very successful series Places I Have Never Been was Block Island, where her parents went to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. To this day she donates a portion of the sales of this print to the Alzheimers Association.
The Places I Have Never Been series has grown to include over 70 prints – each begins with her imaginings of towns that she had never visited and what pattern represents this locale – from the tourist attractions to the food you would eat and local characters you might meet. From Bangkok to Bozeman there is something for everyone. Each year Jennifer picks 12 new places to add to the collection.
From this original series, she has created several new series including the Map Series that was inspired by vintage flash cards. Each print pays homage to a country or state by sharing a little riddle about that place’s history. We all have memories that are attached to geographic locals – where we grew up, perhaps a special vacation, or where we live now – these affections for place are what make JHill Designs such wonderful gifts…Jen then went on to tackle the alphabet with a series of Animal prints – each animal silhouette is filled with a colorful pattern … Monogramed baby gift, anyone ?
As an extra bonus, we discovered that Jen is a pretty avid Pinner – creating “mood boards” for each of her locations, not to mention a whole slew of other categories from Pattern Love to lots of interior design love, including Home Sweet Home - all great eye candy, if you have say, a few hours, to kill ! . The images above are from her Capetown board, ultimately lending itself to her Capetown print below.
I don’t know about you, but I’m anxious to know where Jen is packing her bags for next, or her imaginary bags, as the case may be. If you are in the Boston area, you can find out first hand, Thursday, August 30th.