Creating New Collections A Different Way
Interview with Celinah from Badgers & Berries
Interview with Celinah from Badgers & Berries
An artist with respect and love for nature, who loves making beautiful beehouses, growing her own plants and flowers, and then preserving those plants and flowers in beautiful botanical tiles. Today we spoke to Celinah about her creative process and what it is like to create mostly one-of-a-kind products.
Badgers & Berries is all about nature. Flowers and Bees in particular. Not only do we want to capture the beauty and details of these flowers for as long as possible, but we also want to show that these flowers are important for our environment. We do our best to keep our process and materials as sustainable as possible, and we grow almost all the flowers in our own backyard. With the Botanical Tiles we want to give you the full experience of the plants and flowers: You can feel the structures and see the smallest details of them that you might not even have noticed before.
The flowers that we grow and use in our garden are also very good for all the pollinators in our environment. By choosing flowers that are also important for these pollinators, we hope to contribute a little to Mother Nature.
Because I’m taking some of these flowers in our garden away for my artworks, I wanted to give something back to nature. By offering beehouses and planting different flowers I hope to make their environment more attractive because they are so important to our ecosystem!
All in all, our mission at Badgers & Berries is to show everyone how beautiful flowers and plants can be, but also how invaluable they are.
Well, the pros are, of course, that you have an actual one-of-a-kind piece and that through the process, I can put a lot of creativity into each Botanical Tile. I think that is what I love the most. I make the molds by myself and I can use the same sort of flowers, but the great thing about this is, that no flower is the same. just like you and me, so the result will always be different. Lately, my head is flooded with ideas and combinations. I cannot wait to share all the collections and individual pieces I plan to create and release this year. There are infinite ways to create something unique. Luckily, there are just so many beautiful and different flowers and plants out there that I hope to share with everyone.
The cons about making unique, one-of-a-kind products would probably be that it is pretty time-consuming. Depending on the Tile’s size and complexity, I can only make one piece before starting on another one. Not to mention the Bee Houses, but luckily my husband helps me with those. First, he comes up with the shapes and sizes, and upon approval by me (haha), he puts them all together, and then I hand-paint them. The other thing is that some people have a hard time understanding why the price of a unique, handmade product is more expensive than that from a store.
Enjoy the process!
It might seem logical, but having and starting your own business involves much more than just making beautiful or practical products. It is easy to get lost in work, which can often be at the expense of yourself and others around you. Make sure you have everything clearly on paper from the start to set boundaries more easily. For myself, I like to plan out my days. For example, Mondays are for administration and website work, whereas Wednesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to the Botanical Tiles. And most of all, I try to keep my weekends free. 😉
Stand for your product!
You don’t have to explain to everyone what materials you use or give away free
products for advertising, let alone explain why your prices are ‘’high’’. No maker
should justify him-, or herself why their product is priced the way it is. Someone who has had a working day of 15 hours also doesn’t get 25 Euros paid. Right?
Everything takes time!
It takes time to grow, and eventually, you will get there. Unfortunately, there is no cookie-cutter formula on how or where to start. However, if and when necessary, ask for help! When I started my own company, I was not ready for it. I had no choice at the time, so I had to start, but if I had more time to plan out what I wanted, it would have been so much easier.
I have to say that I’m just really attached to my first, large Botanical Tile with a
wildflower composition. Why exactly, I don’t know, because I’m happy with every product I make, but somehow I can’t say goodbye to this one just yet. 😉
Well, that is top secret!
Just kidding. Flowers are seasonal and therefore not available all at once. That is why my collections are based on and released throughout the four seasons we all are familiar with. Each Collection will be available during a specific season in which the particular flowers used in the Collection are grown. This way, I can put more focus on specific and seasonal flowers. I’m also choosing this method because it takes time to make these art pieces, but I’m always full of ideas, which is not helping me either!
I love this season for several reasons, but most of all because this is the time I can start giving back to nature. Begin sowing seeds, nurturing them through time, and letting them grow into something beautiful. These moments are the ones I will capture during this period. During the Spring Season, there will be two Collections available:
The Edible Garden Collection & The Simplicity Collection, as well as many Bee Houses ready for a new home.
I would love to do an exposition in a museum, collaborate with other creatives, and of course, spread more awareness around flowers and bees. We will see!
Spoiler: Our renewed website will launch at the very beginning of April, so I invite everyone to pop by at www.badgersandberries.com and subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know the date.
I’m inspired by people with conviction and integrity, people whose resilience means they don’t give up when things get tough. That can be people who work towards similar goals as me or those who do something completely different but whose values and attitudes echo mine somehow.
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