Folklorica has been a studio name I've worked under for the past couple of years in Austin, Texas. Folklorica is most well known for apothecary goods inspired by traditional healing and the native Texas landscape. I feel so fortunate to be part of a list of impressive movers and shakers at this year's FELIZ sale. At FELIZ, expect to find apothecary products impressed by the feminine body and the care of the spirit. Flowers have been collected all summer and heirlooms will be revealed in the packaging. You will find herbal infused honeys, flower pressings, gatherings for bathing and printed materials arranged with drawings and writings of my own. I'm so excited to share the products I have been working on for FELIZ!
Are most of the plants you use local to Central Texas? Any dream places you would love to visit to harvest plants?
Most of the plants I use are foraged and wildcrafted in the area or on my travels to neighboring towns in central or west Texas. If the idea behind the product calls for it, then I will do my best to harvest what I can for its integrity. However, for some of the inspiration behind a few of my products, the locale of the plant may not be as relevant.
Right now, I cannot stop thinking about visiting Japan and southern Mexico. I know. Two very different places, but the craft of their heritage is paramount to both portraits of these places. Im sure I would harvest many flowers and medicinals in both of these places. Nonetheless, I would like to observe and experience the thick forests in Japan, tea ceremony and bathing rituals. All the while, the revered gardens and religious spaces in southern Mexico are just as alluring and special.
What sort of day-to-day rituals or habits do you have that you feel bleed over into your work with Folklorica?
Several of my habits and rituals have a lot to do with protection and restoration. I have habits of spending time with a prayer for hours or feeling the need to pick flowers to restore my sense of self and well-being. Flowers make everyone happy, even dried.
Growing up my mother would make baths for me with roses and sprinkle agua de florida to make me feel better and rejuvenated. Lately, these expressions are definitely something that has bled over into my work with Folklorica. The act of patience and care, self-care and how we can introduce this more often into our lives and to our loved ones has been a focus in the apothecary. Another small morning ritual I love to do is use a honey mask on my face. I have made a honey mask for a couple girlfriends to use and they loved it! I'll finally have this available for others to try at FELIZ.