This week's flower person is Jill Burrow, a set designer, photographer, and mother of two based in the Midwest. Her captivating photography and set design emanate a whimsical and ethereal quality that we were enticed by and in awe of. Jill's Instagram feed is certainly a feast for the eyes and one that leaves you wanting more! In this interview, we talk about finding our paths, exploring creative expressions, and reframing a mindset for personal growth.
Hi Jill! Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
My name is Jill Burrow. I am 28 and I am a mother of 2 little ones. I am a photographer and set designer.
Where are you from and where do you call home now?
I was born, raised, and currently reside in the Midwest in America.
I see that you often feature flowers in your set design and photography. Where did your love for flowers come from or what first drew you to flowers?
I think my love for flowers and photographing them came gradually when I started taking photos. I realized so quickly that they are so diverse. They are vibrant and full of energy and life. You can transform them respectfully and yet they always have boundaries and strength in their identity.
I'm constantly amazed by your creativity in transforming these flowers! What’s your favorite flower and why?
My favorite flower is probably the Ranunculus. Its layers are complex, never-ending, and perfect.
Complex, never-ending, and perfect reminds me of our Blue Lotus--a flower known as a symbol of rebirth! Flowers are such powerful symbols of inspiration. What do you turn to as a source of inspiration?
When I am feeling uninspiring I spend time in nature. I also think that Pinterest is an incredible tool in discovering new designs and imagery. I always look for art that surprises me.
We're big fans of Pinterest here at The Qi and love it as a tool for inspiration! What are some inspiring words you love and live by?
I think what is most important for me to remember on a daily basis is that my work, my happiness, my peace, my anger, and my insecurities are only my own. It's been very good for my personal growth to remember that I am in control of myself and I am the only one standing in the way of my success and happiness. I believe that this is the first step to truly being fulfilled and also to enjoy real communion with those around me.
Thank you for those wise words, Jill! That's such an empowering mindset to have. Can you tell us about a daily ritual that’s made an impact in your life?
Every day I try to spend time breathing and clearing my mind. Even if it's just 5 minutes a day. Sometimes 5 minutes is even challenging with two little ones running about. It's incredibly important for my wellbeing.
Having two little ones running about sounds like a lot of energy going around! When you do have the time, how do you like to recharge?
I recharge by creating. I also recharge by being still.
And what's your favorite "good vibes" song?
"My Power" by Tierra Whack and Beyonce
Finally, what's one piece of advice you would tell your “younger self”?
Trust the process! Before I was creating in the way I am now I was pursuing music and ceramics and many veins of creativity in order to find the creative work that is most me. At times I felt a bit lost. I felt like a puzzle with pieces that were slightly too big or small or misshapen. When I finally discovered my true passion in imagery I felt a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. It felt like home. But I wouldn't have come to this conclusion if I hadn't first gone where the path was leading me.
If you would like to find more about Jill and her work, her socials are linked below: