If you’ve been following me for a while you know how much I love working with fellow creatives. Because in the years I’ve been behind the lens I’ve learnt that magic can only happen when you push yourself out of your confort zone.
So when an incredible floral designer like Thatch Floral calls, you eagerly oblige and magic did happen in Florence, last month.
I’d the honour of spending some time with her, witnessing how she makes flowers become art.
Sara Jane's interest in nature began in her childhood while working outdoors on her family's farm in Kentucky. She could be found topping fields of tobacco blooms, picking heirloom roses and grapes from her grandmother's front yard, carting home wild polk berries, vetch, and Queen Anne's lace for a centerpiece.
While living abroad with her family in Tokyo, she attended ikebana classes with her mother and took an interest in photographing and foraging natural materials wherever she traveled.
After graduating from Samford University with a degree in psychology, Sara Jane dedicated her time toward restorative justice efforts through serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer and directing a coalition against human trafficking in the Southeast.
Sara Jane eventually returned to her love and passion for flowers.
After a six month sabbatical from her social justice position, she noticed her interest and creativity return as she sought out flowershops, greenhouses, and gardens in each city in Europe she went to. With the encouragement and support from the Seattle community, thatch was born.
Sara Jane enjoys working with seasonal blooms and sources organic flowers from farms using sustainable, salmon-safe, and fair trade practices.
Sara Jane is also a student of Kalapa ikebana, which is a contemplative practice in the Japanese art form of flower arranging. Her florals have been described as elemental, wild, hand-picked, and inspired by the natural world. Sara Jane takes a very limited number of events each year so that she can be fully present for each one.
She currently lives in Wallingford, Seattle with her husband and beagle puppy but also travels often for destination weddings and home to Kentucky to work with her mom and sister on the family flower farm.
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