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Today we’d like to introduce you to Violet.

Hi Violet, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I had always enjoyed standard tie-dyeing throughout my life, but after starting to study holistic health and herbalism, I was looking for a cleaner way to create. I stumbled upon a video online of a natural dyer demonstrating a method called “bundle dyeing”. I was very intrigued by how she used fresh and dried plant matter, flowers, and even food scraps to extract color onto garments. I gave it a try and was hooked! There is so much to learn and so many plants to experiment with that I just continued to play and create!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No road is totally smooth, but honestly it has been so enjoyable and fun and I have learned so much about plants and myself. I have always been one to dabble here, dabble there. But nothing ever stuck. This is finally a path that has stuck and continues to lead me all different directions.

I would say one struggle for me would be getting stuck in a comfort zone of dyeing. So constantly trying to push myself to learn and try new techniques or methods is where I face challenges sometimes. But this passion has proved that I CAN push myself and feel very rewarded.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
A few titles that resonate with me are Natural Dyer or Botanical Dyer. I love the word Botanical and feel that it takes us back to our roots when plants were used for many purposes in our everyday lives.

I use many different types of plants and flowers, dried or fresh, to dye garments, fabrics and specialty silks. I love the method of bundle dyeing because it gives you a lot of colors and textures on the garment that makes each one unique and one of a kind. I love to create bright and bold colors and textures that really stand out.

It is also a really beautiful way to physically work with the plants. Taking the time to pull off the petals and feel the plant matter in your hand is very healing.

I love to forage a lot of my flowers. Going around my neighborhood and foraging plants that have dropped off their bushes, as well as taking invasive species out of the environment, feels really good to me. For example, Eucalyptus is in an invasive species in California, and it is a great dye plant! So by removing it and helping the environment, I am also creating a beautiful, medicinal dye.

One of my favorite services is my “Bridal Services.” This service includes Botanical Spells taking your wedding flowers after the wedding and hand dyeing a one-of-a-kind silk garment of choice. This is a beautiful way to recycle your wedding flowers and create a sustainable, wearable garment that will last forever! I hate seeing flowers go to waste, so if I can give them a new life, it’s a great feeling.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I feel very connected to this word. Although I have had struggles in life, which ultimately brought me to where I am now, I believe that I have also had a lot of good luck. Being a Sagittarius, luck and optimism are very strong concepts in my life. I believe what you put out in the world, you get back. I have learned to always go for my dreams and not let fear control my life. I have found when I am taking care of myself and staying true to what makes me happy, the paths are clear and the luck continues to show me that anything is possible! I believe that we all have what we are looking for already inside of us, so it’s about listening to that inner feeling or as some say our gut feelings. When we are more in tune with those sensations, things seem to simplify and make more sense.

Contact Info:

  • Email: botanical.spells@gmail.com
  • Website: botanicalspells.com
  • Instagram: @botanical_spells

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