Patternbank are loving Jess Phoenix’s crafted illustrations. We recently got in touch with her to find out more info about her creative process and how she became an illustrator.
I was born in Massachusetts and attended the Rhode Island School of Design for Illustration. In 2007, I moved to Seattle, WA and began working as an illustrator/designer for a gift & publishing company, which in many ways has been my dream job. However, a few years ago, I began to realize that I had put all of my creative effort and satisfaction into that job, and I was not creating anything for myself. I began working nights and weekends to try and make something for me. I didn’t know what it would look like, but I just knew I wanted to use a lot of color. I had a lot of false starts and stops, but I ultimately feel fortunate that I only toiled for about a year before I “discovered” my floral work.