To Rest to rest
Antique linen, 8 layers of cotton wadding,
cotton quilting thread
51(l) x 33.5(w) x 1(h) cm

900 - 1,500

jessica ogden

Originally from Jamaica, Jessica Ogden has spent most of her adult life working in London. Having worked with NoLogGo, the eco-friendly design collective whose ethos was to re-use pieces found in charity stores, Jessica went on to create her own line in 1993.

Texture is very important in her work, and many pieces are made using layering and stitching techniques to produce a new form of deconstruction. Preferring to work with antique and distressed fabrics which she sources and engineers herself, Jessica works both on a personal basis making 'one off' pieces for customers including Tori Amos and Neneh Cherry, as well as selling to stores worldwide, offering them a very unique and personal collection.

Jessica is part of a growing of creative minds who are offering the opportunity to create a sense of individual style away from the generic design that seems to overwhelm the marketplace.

Past exhibitions and events have included collaborations with the Pineal Eye, London, which featured an installation entitled "A dozen Dresses", shown during London Fashion Week, September '98.

1999 has seen Ogden's involvement in an Arts Council project in Belfast, which presented creative design in an uncompromised form, an exhibition at the Design Museum featuring the best of British fashion and a touring exhibition organised by the British Council, "Lost and Found" which travels through Germany, France, Belgium and Russia until early 2000. Her last project for 1999 was "Glimpse". Held in the attic space of an industrial East End building during London Fashion Week September '99, the event was treated as a mixed media installation, presenting her spring/summer 2000 collection alongside a short film and slide imagery that was created in collaboration with the photographer Ellen Nolan.

"Meander/Wander" is her latest presentation. Working with photographer David Highes and stylist Lynette Garland, Jessica presented her work over two days during London Fashion Week February 2000, alongside, mixed landscapes and portraiture photography that translated the ideas of the collection. Colour through hand dyeing as well as print and applique techniques all feature heavily, used on fabrics that offer either the sensation of coziness (washed out wools, vintage corduroy, heavy moleskin or antique quilting) or a sharper, crisper look (starch denim, linen and Nun's Wool).

Links to Other Artists

Tord Boontje Hussein Chalayan Duncan Copley
Milena Dopitova Rose Finn-Kelcey Peter Friedl
Owen Gaster Inventory Jessica Ogden
Simon Periton George Shaw Linder Sterling
Bob & Roberta Smith Fiona Raby & Anthony Dunne Padraig Timoney
Gavin Turk Lawrence Weiner