Flora Art Materials is a curated store of well made, Environmentally Sensitive Art Materials.
I am a clinical Arts Therapist and artist who believes in caring for the environment.
The idea for Flora was born out of my Master's research project where I desired to create a practice of arts therapy that was more environmentally sensitive. I wanted to find alternatives to the synthetic art materials that I was used to using. This wondering led me to discover many beautiful brands from all over the world who create art materials that are not only gentle to the earth but are of exceptional quality and design. I curated a range of materials that spanned the entire expressive range from painting and drawing, to modelling and crafting. Alongside other arts therapists, I researched the therapeutic benefits of using these kinds of art materials with clients and the importance of aligning ones practice with personal values about environmental sustainability.
Many of the products I discovered were not yet accessible in New Zealand and the feedback I received was that they needed to be. So then, Flora was born. Flora is an extension of my research in that it is a space which offers earth conscious artists, arts therapists, educators, and creatives the opportunity to access well made, environmentally sensitive art materials that uphold principles of sustainability.
Flora products are currently available in both New Zealand and Australia.
I hope you love these art materials as much as I do.
Contact me via email here.