J E S S I C A F U R T A D O
W R I T E R & P H O T O G R A P H E R
Introducing: Jess of All Trades
I am excited to announce the launch of my new business, Jess of All Trades! Studio now open at Art Up Front Street in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Jess of All Trades offers photography, visual art, and creative assistance. As a photographer, I specialize in portraits, artistic flatlays, and documenting the processes of artists and innovators. As a visual artist, I incorporate photography, painting, and collage to create an eye-catching body of work that revels in color, detail, and storytelling. In my role as a creative assistant, I help fellow artists and entrepreneurs to tell their stories and authentically showcase their brand through photography, social media support, & marketing.
Additionally, I plan to offer creative workshops for libraries, schools, and small events beginning in 2023.
bringing art & community together
Firsthand: A Portrait Project to Close the Distance brings humanity & connection to social distancing by capturing each participant’s unique experience of the pandemic. In June 2020, Jessica worked as Artist-in-Residence at The Switchboard in Haverhill, capturing the city's architecture & community as the backdrop to each portrait.
This project's next chapter, Second Nature: Portraits of Resilience comes to Haverhill in 2022. Stop by The Yoga Tree at 90 Washington St. to have your portrait taken during Haverhill Art Walk on Saturday, July 9 between 3-6pm.
During 2020's project, I asked portrait subjects to bring an item that was important to them during quarantine. From favorite stuffed animals to musical instruments, participants provided a glimpse into how they spent their time during the pandemic. Though optional, I encourage participants to bring an object along to help tell the story of how the past 2+ years have impacted your life!
In fall 2022, portraits will be displayed in an outdoor exhibition at Cogswell ArtSpace in partnership with Creative Haverhill. Portraits will also be available for viewing online.
Second Nature is supported by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, as well as the Mass Cultural Council Cultural Districts program.
Jessica Furtado is a photographer, writer, and multi-disciplinary artist. She is the former owner of All You Need is Pug, whose whimsical pet fashions have been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Fortune, InTouch Magazine, Etsy Editors' Picks, and others.
Jessica's visual art has appeared in PANK, Waxwing, & elsewhere. Her writing can be found in Rogue Agent, Stirring, & VIDA Review, among others, and her poem "Self-Portrait as Owl" was a finalist in Best of the Net (2020). Her debut poetry chapbook A Kiss for the Misbehaved is forthcoming from BatCat Press.
Jessica recently opened her first art studio at Art Up Front Street in Exeter, New Hampshire, and works as a full-time artist and creative assistant. Her freelance business, Jess of All Trades offers photography services, social media management, and small business outreach. As a visual artist, her original photos, collages, paint pours, and functional art pieces bring pops of color and wonder to the spaces they inhabit.
A former children's librarian, Jessica is a patient and flexible professional who enjoys capturing authentic moments for families, organizing events, and working with fellow creatives.
She lives in Massachusetts.
First published in Waxwing literary magazine, 2019. Featured at The Switchboard gallery in Haverhill, MA, 2019.
P O E T R Y
Click on poem titles to visit publications & enjoy!
December 2021 - "The World Ends in the Single Handshake" appears in FERAL
March 2020 - "Self-Portrait as Owl" appears in Rogue Agent
Fall 2019 - "Medusa Phase" & "She" appear in From the Ashes: The Womxn Anthology, a print anthology from Animal Heart Press
Summer 2019 - "Candy Apples" & "Therapy Animal" appear in Ink&Nebula
July 2019 - "A Mouth, Full" appears in Rogue Agent
Other Published Works:
"The Twin Bed" - apt
"Conjoined" - Drunk Monkeys
"Feeding the Wolves" - Drunk Monkeys
"La Castiglione" - Drunk Monkeys
"Night Swim" - Drunk Monkeys
"Swim Practice" - Drunk Monkeys
"The Sister Shell" - Rust + Moth
"Communicating with Crows" - Spry Literary Journal
"Cul-de-sacs" - Stirring
"Flesh Cave" - Stirring
"One for the Boys" - Stirring
"One of These Days" - Stirring
"Vacancy" - Treehouse Magazine
Additional poems can be found in The Common Ground Review, Meat for Tea, Mock Orange Magazine, A Narrow Fellow, & The Sundress Publications anthology Not Somewhere Else But Here.
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M I C R O - P O E M C O L L A G E S
Support & Create with Jessica on Patreon!
As a children's librarian by day and a creative in my personal time, art seeps into the fabric of all areas of my life. Whether I am teaching toddlers to learn process over product in finger painting programs, or capturing authentic storytelling through photography, bringing a child-like sense of awe and appreciation to our hectic lives is my goal.
Patrons receive benefits that include access to peeks at my process and works in progress, creative mentorship through prompts, prints, hand-written art postcards, tarot readings, and more! With membership tiers beginning at $2 per month, every amount of support helps me to continue bringing new projects to life and sharing my work with you. Click here to visit my Patreon to learn more about available memberships.