Foraging for Creative Floral Art
Today’s blog is a Q&A with Bridget Collins of Flora Forager in Seattle, Washington. I find and follow a bunch of fun flowery types on Instagram, and Flora Forager’s flowery art is offered as prints that will display a fun and different kind of floral art and design than you’re probably used to. I really enjoy the creativity that feels fresh and new to me. I hope you check out my other posts where I explored flower farms, Holland on a bike, and from other floral artists.
If you’re wondering about the images you see here, this is what Bridget writes on her website’s about page:
I love to adventure into the wildflower woodlands, mossy waterfalls, and grey sand starry expanses of the Pacific Northwest. I forage almost all of my creations from foliage and flowers plucked from our sidewalks, meadows, and woods in our neighborhood. I have a small garden in the city, and my mother has a big rambling secret garden filled with old english roses in the sea town of Edmonds where I grew up.
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Q: Bridget, I love how creative you are! Can you tell us how you got started making your beautiful creations?
Thank you! I have been painting with watercolor for several years, and tending a small garden, and the two naturally blended together one day when the petals of one of my orange poppies reminded me of a goldfish. Creating floral fish was my first endeavor, about 7 years ago. But it wasn’t until about a year ago that I began putting some of my designs on Instagram, and the response was so great that I was encouraged to make more and start an Instagram exclusive to my floral work.
Q: How long have you been selling your art work?
I’ve sold paintings for about five years, and Flora Forager prints since last December.
Q: What inspires you to create your pieces? Do you get a vision of what you want to create or does the plant material take shape and you create from there?
Both! I have a long list in my head of things I’d love to create, but some of my best pieces come out of a flower or plant reminding me of something.
Q: What has been the most challenging piece you have made?
I have created forty pieces for a journal coming out in August 2916, and working with an editor and art director to get each piece where it needed to be was the most challenging (and rewarding) work I’ve done. Besides that, probably my Mother and Child because I was copying Klimt and wanted it to capture his golden spirit, while retaining my own whimsical style.
Q: Do you take custom orders?
Occasionally. I get a lot of requests and cannot accommodate everyone, but if it’s the right fit I’ll take something on.
Q: Do you have a favorite material you like to work with?
I’ve really enjoyed my hydrangeas this summer. They have changed color from bright blue, to Aqua, to green, to purple. They keep giving me a perfect palate to work with. I’ll miss them in the winter.
Q: Do you have any words of advice for any budding creative entrepreneurs?
Work hard on your passion as if you were successful. Treat it like a job, call yourself the title you want to be. It may take a few years before you’re noticed, but if you are diligent, meticulous, and professional you’ll break through the barriers you perceive. There is enough room in the universe for everyone. And if you don’t start now, it’ll never happen.
Click here to read our Q&A with Susan McLeary of Passion Flowers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Thanks for stopping by!