Jessica Pilar Rodríguez was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After graduating high school, she moved to the United States to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Upon completing her degree, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a senior designer at MFM Design developing projects in print, exhibitions, web and interactive media. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. On a trip to Portugal in the summer of 2004, she was inspired by the ceramic tile patterns used in their Moorish-influenced architecture. The Jessica Pilar patterns may be used in the arenas of fashion, textiles, paper and interior design for homes, restaurants, corporations, and stores. In addition to working as a contracted freelance designer for U.S. clients, she spent 10 years as a design faculty member at U.S. universities such as The Art Institute of Washington, Marymount University and George Mason University, specializing in typography and branding courses. She currently lives in Singapore, soaking inspiration from Peranakan tile designs.

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