Life in colour
Inspired by life’s eccentricities and with a love for colour and texture, British designer Jessica Russell Flint creates vibrant, entirely unique hand illustrated prints, with luxury products ranging across accessories, clothing, sleepwear and homeware. Jessica transforms the ordinary into designs like you’ve never seen. She’s always wanted her brand to capture and convey a sense of joy and freedom that would make people happy and feel positive!
“We’ve expanded our ranges slowly to include limited edition art prints, velvet cushions, vegan cosmetic bags to beautiful hand printed silk dresses,” says Jess. “And last season we launched our sleep collections. Everything is made from quality materials, like oyster silks and our new sustainable tencels (cellulosic fibres of organic origin) and modals (a type of rayon). We ensure our cuts flatter women of all flavours.”
Jess’s passion for colour and design was stimulated by her super creative childhood. Her mum was a designer, and her dads’ family were all artists. They lived in a very cool, ancient house that Jess’s mum made stylish despite a lack of funds. Their home was surrounded by woods and fieldswhich instilled in Jess the ability to see beyond her huge imagination and ultimately, the way she saw life.
Mixing British Heritage inspired themes with contemporary colours and boldness, the whole ethos behind the brand is to make the most of life, to embrace colour, and to think outside the box.
Jessica is constantly updating her products and prints. All her creations are limited edition, meaning there’s no mass production in sight. This keeps the range exciting and fresh!
Her brands go by the motto Life in Colour’
The actual beginnings of the JRF brand was a fairly organic process; I was working in advertising for around five years after graduating and did freelance illustration and commissions on the side. I held an exhibition of my work in Clerkenwell and included some linen table napkins which I’d done for fun. The Conran store spotted the napkins and bought them, then Harrods asked me to do some Christmas designs, which led to a range of accessories in store.
I started with the old cliché — drawing/working/designing from my kitchen table with my dog Betty Beagle for company at our first one bed flat in Dalston. I freelanced on the side to fund myself and the business for around two years. My business has grown slowly, and we are now a team of five, in a large studio which forms part of a collective of shops and cafes in a renovated warehouse — The Factory, on Shacklewell Lane in London.