A designer, illustrator and ceramic artist, Jill Burns has had a varied and storied arts career and a true believer that learning is never finished. After studying painting and printmaking she began a career in the art museum field. She then went on the found a community ceramic studio and launch her own brand of handmade ceramics. Illustration is a common thread throughout her artistic endeavors and inspired her to establish her freelance surface design and illustration studio, Nestbox.


The early days of caring for beautiful artworks has influenced her own. Japanese prints, vintage wallpapers and handmade objects are inspiration. Carefully considered compositions and an intuition for color palettes complete her illustrative style.


Collaborating with art directors and companies to conceive of that irresistible signature design is the most rewarding part of the surface design puzzle. There is nothing like creating the next trend for products such as stationery, tabletop wares, and fabric. So, let’s work together to bring your next project to life. 

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