We had the good fortune of connecting with Breigh Jones-Coplin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Breigh, how does your business help the community?
Historically, Black women in America have been tasked with ensuring the survival of themselves and their families. We are the caretakers + nurturers of the world. The downside of that is that we are so focused on survival and pour so much into others that we leave nothing for ourselves. We often don’t have the luxury of “self-care” or learning or growing or thriving because every piece of energy we have goes into surviving. So, I don’t take the ability to create lightly. For me + for all of the Black women in the world, I want so deeply for us to be able to pour into ourselves— to give ourselves all of the things that we give others: the love, the care, the nurturance, the time— all of it. I keep saying, Black+Blossomed is a movement. Black floristry within itself is a movement of going from survival mode to really giving ourselves the space to be who we truly are capable of being. I think the biggest social impact that I hope Black + Blossomed accomplishes is representation and permission. Representation in the sense that Black humans need to see other Black humans creating– creating art, creating beauty, creating change. We have internalized an image of ourselves that is so limiting and small because of our history and the way we’ve been treated in this country. Permission goes along with that. The idea that we have permission and space to be something other than and bigger than what we’ve been seemingly allowed to be. I hope that when people have any interaction with Black+Blossomed, that they are inspired and empowered to do the thing that scares them. To do the thing that’s “taboo.” To be the unicorn. To look beyond the limits created for them and really be motivated to grow, evolve, expand, and of course– blossom.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I got into flowers approximately one year ago when I made my own bouquets for my wedding (being cheap). I’ve always been a creative, fashionable person + I realized I had a knack for floral design. Moving forward, I started buying flowers and arranging them for our home. This spring, my husband bought me an online floral design course to become a certified florist and the rest is history. Creating, to me, has always been about survival— making something out of nothing. As a Black woman, I know that all too well. Black + Blossomed has been a personal journey for me to create as a way to thrive, not just survive. Throughout all the hats that I wear throughout my life, this is something that I created that fulfills me so that I can continue to show up for others in all the different capacities in my life. I have taken so many twists and turns to be where I am on my journey today. I think what sets me apart is that I wear a lot of hats in my life. I am actually getting my doctorate to become a licensed psychologist, so my love and fascination for people has really allowed me to thrive in my business. In my short life, I have done so much and I take each of those experiences and let it inspire and influence me and my work. When I am involved in something, I give it my full energy and attention. When I feel something, I feel it. When I want to say things, I say them (in a compassionate, mindful way, of course). And I’ve learned over the years that when I do not limit myself, there is no limit to who or what I can be. This is the same value and ideology I model and try to instill in everyone I work with—that it’s okay to be who we are in each moment and that allowing space for ourselves is liberating.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to all of my Black kings, queens, and in-betweens out there in the universe. There are so many layers to our experience that even existing can feel exhausting. I want so much for our people to feel powerful, important, beautiful, seen, represented, and loved. So this is for you. I see you. I feel you. I love you.