Hi magical souls, I'm Laurie.
I started Of The Forest almost 4 years ago whilst trying to find a creative outlet for myself. As a busy home educating mother to two young children, I was struggling with lack of time for me, time to explore my own creativity and who I was. I felt that although motherhood was everything I'd ever wanted and more, I was somehow sacrificing who I was along the way. I needed to find the artist in me again. It all began with a love of Macrame. I would get lost in the process of creating something for hours on end during the evenings. Eventually I had made so many pieces that I decided to take the bold move and begin selling my work... my work has grown in so many ways since then. As has my family as I am now carrying our fourth precious child.
As I have grown and evolved, so has this business and I expect that will continue happening, which I love. Of The Forest is now so much more than fiber art. I now create herbal blends, home made body oils, as well as running women's circles and retreats.
For me, I want this business to be an extension of all that I am passionate about, all that I love and all that I want to share with others.
I have a deep connection with plants, with the Earth. My journey in working with the plants began almost 3 years ago. I took an interest in foraging, learning the plant names and properties and being in absolute awe at their endless healing powers. I couldn't believe that all this time I had been blind to these wild spaces filled with so much wonder. As time went on, I began to forage for herbs and plants to create healing tea blends and oils for my family and friends. It is so important to me to reintroduce the use of our plant allies within our homes and to reignite the connection to plants. This connection we all carry in our blood, it is a part of our history and lineage.
As I connected deeper with the Earth, allowing my children to be wild and free among the trees within the forest, learning through nature, I realised that I should be doing this with a community around me. I found myself yearning for a sisterhood, my soul ached for that spiritual, emotional and physical connection with the feminine. Other women to raise my babies with, to learn about the plants with, to share stories with... I decided to create a women's circle, the vision came to me as clear as anything and I knew it was my journey. 12 months later we have created a magical circle of women and I am now planning our second women's retreat!
I am an artist, a medicine woman, a weaver of women, a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister. I open this beloved space of mine to each of you and invite you in, to travel this path of re-connection with me.