foraged wreaths - behind-the-scenes

Around this time las year, my life long friend, Sarah Nixon of My Luscious Backyard, was giving foraged wreath workshops with Kinfolk magazine at West Elm. I loved the idea so much I asked her if we could shoot a story for Chatelaine Magazine. Of course the way magazines work it took us another full year before we could actually publish the story.

Photos,  Sian Richards

It took us three separate shooting days to get all the images for the final piece. We started last January when there was still snow on the ground and headed out into the urban woods with Sarah for a day of foraging. We headed down to Lake Ontario across the Gardiner expressway and snipped twigs, branches, berries and evergreens from untamed public lands that were in need of a little pruning. The thing about foraging is you can really do it anywhere. I was surprised at how much we could find growing beside the concrete on-ramp to a major highway.

Our second day of shooting took inside a studio where we shot all of the finished wreaths against grey and white walls. Sarah made wreaths with specimens she had found in and around Toronto as well as foraged items she had flown out from family and friends on Gabriola Island in BC. We wanted to make sure we represented at least two geographical locations in Canada. I even stepped in at one point and lended my hand to a wreath.

The last day of shooting took place months later in the Coriander Girl wedding studio. After we looked at all the images together we felt like we needed a few environmental shots to really make the story sing. This studio with it's bare brick walls and rough floors was the perfect setting. Once again, we set Sarah up with some wreath making materials and she went to work. 

Sarah is offering foraged wreath workshops in the Toronto area. She also has foraged wreaths for sale. Check out her website for my details.