Forage & BLOOM is all about embracing the WILD and the PRETTY. A true wildling, Amanda is drawn to all things green. She is a floral designer, forager and gardener. Gathering 'cuttings' and pieces of nature, her pockets are always brimming with a random array of goods. While her great love is for flowers, she also loves propagating and learning about the healing properties of plants. Kokedama making has been a way to bring the outdoors in. This technique of wrapping plants with moss and string highlights the asymmetry of nature, and compliments the balance Amanda seeks in all her designs. It has been a long process for her to find her way to following this passion. Spending years travelling, nursing and working in a clinical environment the idea of forage & BLOOM had been brewing in her mind for awhile and finally this has evolved into fruition.
Olive Branch & Co is a calligraphy and design studio, providing custom calligraphy services and products to celebrate the special and the everyday moments in life. It was born out of a desire to bring peace through the beauty of words, loving and honouring people in the process.
Melissa is a calligrapher and designer in Vancouver, B.C. She stumbled into calligraphy as a way to relieve stress, and along with that, started painting florals to pair with calligraphy and lettering. She currently has her own line of cards and prints featuring her calligraphy and illustrations, which are sold across Canada at various lovely boutiques. In addition to her own practice of creating and designing pieces for special events, small businesses, or corporate events, she has also taught calligraphy to over 100 students across Canada, and is ecstatic about adding teaching watercolour painting to her repertoire. As a former English teacher, she brings her extensive teaching background to her workshops, and is passionate about introducing people to art that promotes self-care and slow living.