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Jessica Swift.

Artist | Surface Pattern Designer | Author

I'm an artist, surface pattern + fabric designer, author, mama, and online teacher in Portland, OR. I believe in the power of art-making as a tool for radical self-care. I help people feel a little bit brighter and a little bit less alone through the art and products I make, the words I write, and the classes I teach. Come join almost 10k people in my colorful, uplifting world!

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Hi Reader, Happy Tuesday! I hope you're doing well, wherever you are in the world. Right now I'm sitting in my quiet studio, listening to rain falling on the skylights in the roof. My kids and I had a long and busy weekend filled with bike riding (G learned to ride her bike!), board games, sunshine, pulling weeds in the garden, planting tomatoes, marveling at the poppies blooming, going to look at a free piano that we decided we're going to acquire, more bike riding, and lots of time with...

1 day ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader – I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for a chat with my good friend Margo Tantau on her Windowsill Chats podcast, which is beloved by many creatives, and I'm happy to get to share it with you today as the episode is live and ready for listening! I met Margo many, many years ago when I was exhibiting at Surtex, a surface pattern design + illustration trade show in New York City, and we became fast friends and worked together on several art licensing projects back in the day....

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, and happy April! I just returned home from 2 back to back trips – the first to Palm Springs for an intensive business retreat with the Mark Makers Mastermind group that I'm part of for the second year (that's us up at the top there!), and the second with my kiddos to Colorado to visit my family and to go to my cousin's baby shower. Two very different trips, and both so fulfilling and rejuvenating in different ways. It was so nice to have a bit of a time out, which is not something...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

"I believe in the invisible. I do not believe in the definitive reality of things around us. For me, reality is the intuition and the imagination and the quiet voice inside my head that says: isn’t that extraordinary? The things in our lives are the shadows of reality, just as we ourselves are shadows." – Duane Michals I love this quote. It reminds me that there's so much here than what we can see with our eyes. It reminds me that just because I think something, doesn't mean it's true or that...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Happy March, Reader! I hope so far this month you're having as much fun as my girl G here, who carries sunshine with her wherever she goes. She's obsessed with Taylor Swift right now (I mean, aren't we all?) and did an impromptu performance of Shake It Off the other night before bed that might be my favorite thing ever that I've captured on video. If you know the song, watch the GIF at the top here and picture her saying "oh my god, I just gotta shake it". I might have a future star on my...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader! How are you? Earlier today in a live art-making session inside the Inner Magic Art Clubthat I run with my friend Becky, we talked about something called a kalpataru tree, and then we all made our own visual interpretations of it. The Kalpataru tree is a wishing tree within your heart. The way this idea was explained to me is that according to Hindu legend there's an 8-petaled lotus flower inside each of our hearts. Behind the lotus is a tree that when wished upon makes your soul's...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, It's ba-aaaaccckkk! Last summer’s 5-day Art For Self-Care Challenge was so popular that I’m doing it again! 🎉 And the fun starts soon, on Leap Day – Feb. 29th. Come join the fun!5 days. 5 prompts + video demos. 5 chances to go inward and to experience the incredible impact art-making can have on your well-being. You'll begin to see how it can transform your life from the inside out, one piece of art at a time!You don’t have to be an artist. Beginners and people who haven’t been...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader! If you guessed the brand new Radiant Rainbows Heart-Healing Meditations deck, then ding ding ding, you're correct. Today is publication day! 🎉 I have the decks here in stock in my studio and have lovingly shipped them out to everyone who's preordered the deck so far. (If that's you: THANK YOU!) If you haven't ordered a copy and want to get one (or several!), today's a great day to do it. All deck orders placed on my website today (Feb. 20th) will include a special little uplifting...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader! Happy Valentine's Day! Wherever you fall on the spectrum of loving this day to despising this day, I hope you find yourself in a good mental and emotional space on this celebratory day of love. 💕 I'm sort-of neutral about Valentine's Day, I think? I think it's fun, but I also don't put a ton of weight or expectation on it. I have some little treats for my kiddos, and we spent a lot of time this past weekend hand-making valentines for each of their classmates and decorated boxes...

4 months ago • 1 min read

Happy February, Reader! Are you as surprised as I am that January is already over?My month was a busy one: My baby girl turned 5! (Unbelievable. Last night she decided she wanted to do the dishes after dinner, and she had so much fun she told me I never have to do the dishes ever again! Win! haha) The Inner Magic Art Club got off to a beautiful beginning I created a FREE Art For Self-Care mini class I put said mini class on Skillshare too, if you're a member there (if you want to try out...

4 months ago • 3 min read
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