Working with Jessica Hiemstra on creative projects has taught me the true meaning of the word collaboration. Jessica pours her heart and talent into every project, while simultaneously creating a process that invites feedback and guidance. The love with which she creates can be felt in every piece of art she produces. As a result, our customers have had an emotional connection to her work that they can’t quite explain. Installations Jessica has created as an artist for Accent Decor have literally moved our customers to tears. As her Creative Director, I can confidently trust Jessica to create something that both reflects my vision and her unparalleled talent.
Sarah Bagle, Creative Director, Accent Decor
Jessica & Pencil Kit Productions
Jessica recently made her set design debut working on Shannon Bramer's The Hungriest Woman in the World with Pencil Kit Productions. For her work, she received the My Entertainment World award for Outstanding Set and Costume Design 2017.
“Jessica brings an anything-is-possible attitude that she backs up with practical, affordable solutions. When obstacles come up she is able to pivot quickly, making potentially stressful situations a breeze. The award-winning set she designed and built for us elevated our production to another level.” — Claren Grosz, director/producer of The Hungriest Woman in the World and Artistic Director of Pencil Kit Productions.
Photos by Magnus Berg
Jessica & Anne Michaels
Making a forest for Anne Michaels to read in was a dream come true. And 918 Bathurst Centre is a dreamy venue, too!
I also enjoyed designing the lights for Anne’s reading at the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
Jessica & Accent Decor
Jessica makes art for Accent Décor, an ethical, adventurous home décor company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Jessica creates backdrops, designs products, and works with them to make their world and our world a little bit kinder and prettier. She draws, paints, designs props, and makes everything from whimsical holiday dinner plates to giant sculptures of jellyfish.
Eric & Eloise
Inspired by the folktales of Scandinavia and her own childhood in the forests of Canada,
Jessica wrote a little story about an unlikely friendship between a hare and a fox for Accent Decor. The story is bound in a beautiful handmade book. Writing this little tale was the start of a marvellous collaboration - between women making paper in Nepal, master mold-makers in China and Sarah Bagle, Accent Decor's creative director.
Accent Decor also brought Eric & Eloise to life with an enchanting collection of accessories: everything from delicate, gold-embossed bisque-ware to knit ornaments and votive candleholders. The unlikely duo of Eric and Eloise now grace plates, pots, gift wrap and more, accompanied by their misfit Framily.
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Here are some Hippie Wisemen Jessica designed for Accent Decor. She works with them every year to help them develop their Christmas line of products.