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August 22, 2017

Get to Know Genue: Jessica Bucci

 

Jessica Bucci is a freelance textile designer, writer, and teacher. Currently, she studies Aalto University in Helsinki, pursuing an MA, focusing on textiles. In addition to the posts you see authored by her at Genue, she has worked with The Eliot School, StartUpFashion, Alice + Olivia, and Misha & Puff, among others. Read on to hear Jessica’s favorite part about living abroad, how she’s living out her childhood dream, and see a preview of some of Jessica’s fantastic work…

 

 

Can you tell me a little bit about your role at Genue?

Many of the posts you see on the Genue blog are authored by me! Previously, I had been writing about fashion and textiles over at StartUp Fashion for about six years, and it was through that job that I met Denise and heard about Genue. When she explained the concept to me, I jumped at the chance to really focus my writing on pattern design. After all, it’s my favorite subject, so it hardly feels like work. I have so much fun coming up with new design content to share with the Genue community.

 

 

Can you tell me about your current graduate work?

I’ve been doing a lot for children’s wear lately. A design of mine recently sold to a department store in Finland where it will be used in the kid’s section, and I’m currently interning in the boy’s department at a big brand in Sweden. I’ve been having so much fun with it, so I decided to focus my thesis project on creating unisex pattern designs for children’s wear. When I was a little girl, I remember wishing I had more clothing options than hearts and the color pink—and I think many children feel this way. The goal is to give them a few more options. I love the idea of creating a design that any kid can wear and love, no matter who they are!

 

 

 

 

You’re currently living in Sweden – wow! What’s the best part about living abroad?

For me, the best part of living abroad is the support I get in beginning my career as a designer. I chose Finland for graduate school because the country is famous for textile and pattern design, but also because, at the time of my acceptance, the university was free to all students. This has been invaluable to me, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given. Additionally, as I mentioned, I am interning in Sweden as well.  Not only am I doing actual design work there (no fetching coffee!), I am paid fairly for the work that I do, even as an intern. Living abroad has given me access to the start of a great design career that I love!

 

 

What’s your favorite thing about what you do?

I started out wanting to be an artist when I was younger, and today what makes me the happiest about being a designer is how much I’m able to simply sit and draw. Painting and drawing were my first loves before I ever thought about a life as a designer. As I got older, I worried that I’d wind up having to do less of it than I’d like for the sake of my career path. But as a textile designer, I draw almost every day—it’s the best.

 

 

When do you feel more inspired – or what do you do when inspiration is lacking?

Lately, I’m finding that occasionally I have to step away from the design world, and even sometimes the art world, to get inspired. Places, people, and experiences are so inspiring—and really help to reframe my mindset when I do come back to designing. For instance, I created a few freelance pattern design collection last year, and I drew most of my inspiration from memories, emotions, politics, nature—even food!

 

 

Do you have any daily rituals or rhythms? How do they fit into a typical day for you?

For me personally, as a designer, writer, and student, every day is different. And I think that’s a good thing. There are some constants: a cup of coffee, drawing, writing, etc. But I like having variety in my day, otherwise, I tend to get bored or tired, so I don’t actively seek out a routine.

 

 

How do you define success?

Success is different for everyone of course, but to me, success is creating and living the kind of life you want for yourself to the best of your ability, whatever that may be.

 

 

Do you have an overall design or maker philosophy?

Have fun! People sometimes take themselves way too seriously as designers—I know I’m guilty of this on occasion. Let go and enjoy yourself!

 

 

What does it mean to be genuinely you?

Be authentic, be you!

 

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Jessica! We’re so happy we have you at Genue.

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Rachel is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in feature articles, copy editing + brand consulting. Rachel holds a B.A. from Temple University in English and an M.Ed. from the University of South Florida in Higher Education.

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