Meet Amanda and Natalie, the lovely duo that is Forage & Bloom. We recently teamed up with them to offer
fresh cut bouquets in the shop on the last Friday of each month, available for purchase from 2pm until the following
Sunday at closing. Barely into our third round of Fresh Flower Friday and we are hooked! The arrangements are
simply stunning, with tons of home grown and foraged blooms. We have seen the most incredible dahlias come through
the door, and I love getting to know some of Vancouver’s seasonal floras. It’s truly a treat to be able to offer our
customers such beautiful and unique bouquets whether they be to treat oneself or to brighten someone else’s day.
Bouquets range from $20-$30 and will be available this weekend starting at 2PM Friday September 30.
In the meantime, read our Q+A with Amanda + Natalie below!
xo Amy + Jenn
Q+A with Forage & Bloom
TELL US THE STORY BEHIND FORAGE & BLOOM.
It definitely began with our love for dogs and plants. Our friendship was evolving, and we both wanted to nurture our creative side and step away from the clinical environment of a hospital. Our families are also true garden-people, and that has shaped our own passion and admiration for all things green. What began as an idea, truly took off when Natalie’s parents gave us space in their yard, and slowly we’ve inhabited more and more. We wanted to follow a sustainable, local and seasonal ethos, where we had a direct connection with the flowers that we use, and what we can grow here in Vancouver.
HOW DID YOU BOTH GET STARTED IN THE FLORAL INDUSTRY?
Through our gardening and houseplant addiction. Our natural affinity to shape, gather and tie things. We are self taught. Our curiosity about what nature has to offer is fed by the books and blogs we read. There is ‘wonder’ that follows sowing seeds, bulbs and tubers and watching them sprout and thrive.
WHY YOU DO WHAT YOU DO ?
We want to showcase plants and educate people, helping them to see the beauty of what surrounds us. Our desire is to reveal what locally-grown flowers look like throughout the seasons, from a full-blooming frenzy, to seed pods, and beautiful bare branches. The plant installations and moss balls we create, using driftwood and live-edge wood are a further extension of nature’s bounty.
WHAT MAKES FORAGE & BLOOM UNIQUE?
There is only one team Natanda! The way each of us sees the world, shapes us. For us, growing and foraging is our foundation. We are small-scale farmers and designers. The juxtaposition of these roles is what defines us, the wild and the pretty.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES YOU HAVE FACED GROWING YOUR OWN FLOWERS?
Weather and bugs. Space and time.This year has been so different from last. We’ve been challenged by the unpredictability of sun and rain, and an abundance of pests. Aphids are our true enemy! The elusiveness of time. As new business owners, it feels like there is never enough. Lastly, we would love more land to farm, expanding our repertoire. But as urban gardeners in a city like Vancouver this is a true challenge!
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES TO GROW AND WHY ?
Growing anything from seed is challenging, yet rewarding. Dahlias are generous in their abundance, but the scent of Sweet Peas makes us swoon. Bells of Ireland are a new love, also anything with seed pods or thistles, like Nigella and Sea Holly. But really we ‘shout out with joy’ at each new growth!
CAN YOU EACH SHARE ONE OF YOUR MOST FAVOURITE FLORAL EXPERIENCES YOU’VE HAD SO FAR ?
Natalie: Gardening and creating. I have loved getting to work in a garden again. Ever since moving into an apartment, I’ve missed having land. Getting the chance to grow and learn about so many different plants, flowers and herbs with each passing season has been a dream. Being outside rain or shine, surrounded by flowers we grew and foraged, is definitely my favourite thing.
Amanda: This past spring we did a photo shoot and it was the most wonderful experience. Having friends and even a few strangers volunteer their time to collaborate on our vision, was incredibly encouraging and affirming. It was such a great opportunity to freely create with our flowers. Afterwards, we wrote our first blog and looking back now at the gorgeous photos and our designs, makes my heart full.
WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR INSPIRATION ?
Everywhere! That may sound cheesy, but a hike through the wilderness or a wander in the ‘hood’ can be equally inspiring. We love researching plants that can grow and flourish in this climate.
WHAT HAS THE FUTURE GOT IN STORE FOR FORAGE & BLOOM ? To thrive as a business by bringing flowers and plants to the people, in a unique way. We dream of making this our full-time gig, perhaps with a micro shop, or studio. We want to continue to create something special for people’s events and everyday lives. And to always, always dream in flowers.
Thanks for reading!
New Weavings by Lucy Poskitt
May 14 – July 16
Meet the Maker
Saturday June 18 1-5pm
After a few years of following Lucy Poskitt’s journey, we are incredibly honoured to host a new collection of her weavings as part of our Featured Artist Series. Lucy is a fibre artist living and working in Vancouver. Her work walks the line between traditional image-based tapestry and textile-yardage weaving defining a style that is uniquely her own.
Join us on Saturday June 18th from 2-4 for an opportunity to meet Lucy, see her in action and learn more about her process and inspiration.
There will be snacks and refreshments to enjoy as well.
The work will be on display and available for sale at Nineteen Ten until July 16th, pricing is available upon request.
Please enjoy the below interview with Lucy, and be sure to follow her on
CAN YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF & DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO ?
Hello! I’m Lucy Poskitt and I’m a textile artist. I work mostly with weaving at the moment but I’ve had my hand in all sorts of art forms over the years. I teach weaving as well, to groups and individuals.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A MAKER ?
Always! I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating something – most of my memories from when I was little are of making, creating or dreaming something up.
HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW ?
My mom has a dear friend, Ingrid, who is a wonderful weaver. Growing up, whenever we visited her I would get a glimpse at her weaving studio and be totally mystified as to what went on in there – crazy contraptions and heaps of wool! Fast forward a decade and I’m at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, slowly driving myself insane with a lot of printmaking. The printmaking studio, as much as I loved it, was a very intense and competitive atmosphere: cold, hard and literally grey. For me, the act of printmaking was often a lot of buildup leading to eventual disappointment, I rarely felt as though the image in my head was being accurately translated to the paper.
Because of Ingrid, I’d always wanted to take weaving as an elective at NSCAD but I didn’t really expect to love it as much as I did. The weaving studio was like the antidote to the printmaking studio: While still very process-based and rhythmic (something I loved about printmaking), the studio was warm and colourful, tactile and comforting. I loved it from the very first moment! After university I took a break from making art for a few years but eventually developed chronic insomnia (!) which only started to go away when I started weaving again, no joke! I think the brain needs something to plan for and anticipate and mull over in order to be able to shut down and sleep at the end of the day, and for me that ended up being weaving.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR AESTHETIC ?
I think I would describe it as confused! I think there’s power in minimalism, in a restrained hand in both art and design… but sometimes I really crave that cacophony of texture! and colour! and motion! I often find myself making a very detailed and laborious series of works followed by a “quick and dirty” series of works. Or flat and minimal pieces followed by something that contains tons of texture. I would find it very hard to create only one style of work for the rest of my life, I can’t imagine limiting myself to that!
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION ?
I’ve moved many many times and lived all over Canada… so much so that I think I’m perpetually homesick – always longing for a place that I can never put my finger on, and so I guess I’ve always been inspired by place: that elusive sense of home, the feelings and emotions that scenery can convey, the mystery of maps. I love that lonely feeling that a sparse landscape gives me and I see stories in groups of islands and far-away mountains, weather patterns, maps of places with no roads…
IF YOU WEREN’T A FIBRE ARTIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE ?
Definitely a baker. In fact, I still want to be one!
WHAT DOES CRAFT MEAN TO YOU ?
Whoa, I could write an essay on this question…I hardly know where to start! Firstly there is no difference in my mind between Craft and Art (that old debate eh?), there is a difference between craft and kraft but that’s for another essay.
In short I think that craftsmanship, in its truest sense, is the noblest thing we can aspire to. To take a raw material and carefully, consciously turn it into something useable and/or treasured through hours of laborious process, is so honorably heartbreaking to me. Heartbreaking because not everyone appreciates the process! When you can find mass-made “handcrafted style” objects everywhere – from shibori and batik prints at Old Navy to weavings at Target to a myriad of other examples – it shows that people appreciate the look of crafted items, but are unwilling to accept that that type of work comes with a price to it because an actual human made it and wants to earn an actual living wage from it. (and hey, we’re all guilty of it!) When the mass-market appeal is gone does that mean that the small-market appeal will also dry up? I don’t want it to! Craftsmanship will always exist, and we will always have to contend with the faster-cheaper competition, we just have to trust in the people that know the difference.
*steps off soapbox*
WAS THERE A PARTICULAR INSPIRATION BEHIND THE COLOUR PALETTE IN THE NEW WORK ON DISPLAY AT NINETEEN TEN ?
Not particularly… It is a lot more colourful than my previous work but I attribute that more to the material than a conscious decision on my part: The weft I used for most of these pieces is a very special and hard-to find discontinued line of yarns made of silk and hemp fibres. I covet this yarn but it is soooo pricey so when it happened to go on sale at two different stores and I bought as much of it as I could afford and the colours just happened to go together, voila!
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO MAKE THIS RECENT COLLECTION ?
Each piece takes upwards of 20-50 hours to complete, from start to finish.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE AN ALL TIME FAVOURITE PIECE YOU’VE MADE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY ?
Oooh tough one. My current favourite is in this collection, actually: the Monsoon piece. I love it so much because it turned out exactly as I had imagined it would. I don’t tend to make very detailed sketches of my work, and I was working on this piece at a loom that only allows me to see about 6 inches of the underside piece at a time (never the front!). When I finally pulled it off the loom and turned it over there was a giant sigh of relief and a lot of heart-eyes and oohs and ahhs coming from me.
We were first introduced to Kunye back in December at Little Mountain Shop, the neighbourhood pop up shop. Immediately drawn to the line and genuine care Melissa has put into each product, we knew right away we had to add Kunye to Nineteen Ten’s growing apothecary section. Tried and true, Amy and I are pleased to introduce to you a selection of Kunye products that we know you will love and enjoy using.
Join us Saturday April 16 from 1-4 and treat yourself to a mini consultation with Melissa. Learn which Kunye product would be best for you and your current routine!
Be sure to follow Kunye’s instagram account for some inspiring skincare tips. Hope to see you on Saturday!
Amy + Jenn
Everything we make is waterless: which eliminates the need for harsh preservatives and filler ingredients making our formulas the richest, purest and most potent they could possibly be.
Kunye began as a thesis project when I was in university. The idea was to create a skincare company that did just that – actually cared for the skin rather than harming it. The products had to be designed to heal the skin rather than just treat the “symptoms” of common skin ailments like acne, dryness, wrinkles and rosacea. But, I also knew from personal experience as a makeup artist and through my own journey to healthy skin that it’s about more than just great products. It requires an integrative approach that considers all factors of healthy skin, inside and out.
WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO MAKE SKINCARE?
I learned to make skincare out of necessity. I have very sensitive skin and had negative reactions to everything from my makeup to my shampoo. I started educating myself on how to make cleaner alternatives to the products I loved. I approached people who had mastered the art of formulation and asked them to take me under their wing. From there it took practice and a bit of trial and error to perfect the formulas that are in the collection today.
WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR INGREDIENTS?
My ingredients come from all over the world. My primary goal is to source ingredients that are organic and sustainable whenever possible.
WHAT IS THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME ?
My family is from Zimbabwe and Kunye is a Zulu word for “one.” I chose Kunye for a number of reasons. It’s a reminder that we only have one body, one skin, and that the two are united and need to be taken care of synergistically rather than separately.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU ?
I’m inspired by global beauty. Particularly rituals from the African, Asian and European cultures. For example, I am working on a collection using Camellia seed oil, which has been prized in Asia for centuries for its hydrating and youth preserving properties. Right now, i’m also really into the KBeauty (Korean Beauty) movement. They have incredible rituals and very creative products.
ANYTHING NEW FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON ?
There is always something new in the works! We’ve got some kits getting set to launch as well as wellness products that i’m really excited about and a new collection that features roses in various forms.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS FOR KUNYE?
Currently the focus is on attending the Indie Beauty Expo in NYC later this year.
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