Jess Phoenix Interview


Jess Phoenix is a designer/illustrator living in Seattle who combats the often grey weather by making vibrant art -- the brighter the better! She uses floral imagery as a vehicle to explore colour, often making up the flowers and leaves as she goes along. She also loves to design patterns, make illustrations, sing karaoke, and pet cats.

Tell us a fun fact about you I may be good at creating art, but I don't know how to swim, whistle, or snap my fingers!

How did you get into illustration? Both of my parents studied art, so it was in my DNA! They went more of the graphic design route, but I've tried to have my feet both in illustration and design.


Who or what inspires you the most? colour! I love seeing how colour can change a piece. Any time there's a colour combination in a piece that is so bright it almost vibrates, that's when I'm the most excited.

What does a typical day look like for you? I work as a designer/illustrator for a gift product company, so my days are spent designing fun products for them. But in the evenings and on weekends, I try to create as much of my own art as I can. So a typical day for me is jam-packed!

What do you do when you have a creative block? I usually talk with my husband, who is also an artist ( ) or I look around for images that inspire me -- usually on Pinterest or Instagram. I love the creative communities I've discovered through those platforms, and the countless amazing/talented artists.


Top three clients you've worked with? Working with Tattly was the most exciting format I've seen my artwork in. Just behind that was getting to see tex of my designs turned into embroidery patterns through DMC. I also got to design a monthly box for Birchbox last year, which turned out beautiful and they gave me a free 3-month subscription.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? I draw out my design, then I use tracing paper and create every flower petal, leaf and stem with either marker or paint. After that, I scan the pieces, compose them in Photoshop, and add colour.

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Instagram and Pinterest.


Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Find a community of people you trust to show your art to/bounce ideas off of. If they are also freelancers, that can be helpful when trying to do estimates for jobs. I have a few people that I am always emailing to ask "how much should I charge for that??"

What would your dream project be? I'd love to work with a fabric company, some day. And relatedly, seeing my art/patterns on home goods would be amazing -ideally for a bigger brand like Anthropologie.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram


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