Today we’d like to introduce you to Henrry Castillo.
Henrry, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
If those that say they can’t dance say they have two left feet then I must have two left hands because I can’t draw. My journey for working for myself and doing what I love started at the skate park selling shirts. Although I can’t draw I would create collages and have a third party draw up the designs that I envisioned and then I’d screen print them onto shirts and hit the town. This was around 2013. I had more time on my hands to jump from skate park to skate park selling shirts and meeting people, but as the years progressed the repetitive nature of screen printing wasn’t giving me the creative satisfaction and freedom I was ultimately looking for.
It wasn’t until the summer of 2016 that I found my passion it was my friend’s birthday and she’s always been all about fashion. I had dabbled in interior design so I gave my self a challenge. Could I translate the skills I learned in interior design into fashion and so I coyly asked her what kinda outfit she was gonna wear for her birthday party. Although she was probably asking herself why is even such a question Being asked she answered anyway. She told me she’d be wearing a black dress with a subtle floral design.
So now I knew the color and the style of her outfit and without even seeing what the actual dress looked like I went to work. I went to my local thrift shop to look for inspiration and that’s when I saw a beautiful paisley tie. The moment I saw it I was like RIBBON CHOKER and so I bought it took it home to cut it up sew it and add the chain and findings. The day of the party I brought her my gift and told her that I had made this to compliment her look tonight.
She opened it up and her eyes beamed open and complimented it and went straight away to put it on. It was at that moment that I realized this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. She was fashion inclined and she loved it I had to be doing something right! That night everyone complimented her choker and she directed everyone to me saying that I made it specifically for her.
Everyone kept coming up to me that night asking me if I could make them some and complimenting the piece I made and how I was able to create a complimenting accessory to her birthday fit.
So I did custom chokers for special occasions every now n again for the following year n a half. Though I knew this is what I wanted to keep doing I hadn’t yet set anything in stone. Not until January of 2018 when a fellow creative I met on twitter moved near me. If my passion were to be a car then she single-handedly jumpstarted it. We’d hang out at her place n create I had someone to hold me accountable and basically force me to ground my self n implement my million n one creative ideas that were seemingly floating around my head but never materializing.
We started doing resin together and get deep into talks about what kind of things to put in our resin. So after a little back n forth, I realized I had always been partial to nature. Just being away from the city noise and hearing the wind rustling through the trees was heaven to me.
Though since leaving high school and going Into my adulthood I guess there was a disconnect and I had forgotten that part about me n now by having these creative talks it had jumpstarted that passion and so I would go out to forage flowers to use in my pieces. She ended up moving away a few months later but my battery (passion) kept running and I kept creating and it was the start of 2019 that I set it in stone and figured out a name for my jewelry and so FORAGED NATURE was born and I opened up an Etsy store and started listing all my creations.
That’s a beautiful name and a beautiful story behind how the name came to be. Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Foraged Nature thus far has been a smooth road but I think that’s only because so much happened before Foraged Nature that by the time It came into existence the leg work, foundation and tracks had all been laid. The struggles definitely happened before my jewelry brand was even born and those struggles would have to be rediscovering who I am as a person and my love of nature.
My road map had a lot of twist and turns but eventually it all lead back to me. I was basically unknowingly creating my brand while doing inner work. I think it’s important to find something you’re truly happy doing with 100% of your being and for me that wasn’t making shirts it was making jewelry with sentimental value. Though I’m partial to nature especially roses so you’ll see that reflected a lot in my work.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Foraged Nature – what should we know?
So Foraged Nature specializes in floral jewelry. I forage parts of nature and transform them into wearable pieces. Sometimes I’ll forage flowers bring them
Back home dry them and preserve them in suspended animation within resin. A time capsule of nature’s beauty you can take with you where ever you go. Sometimes I’ll find cool rocks and take them home to carve and transform Into lovely pendants. I’m known for my forever rose pendants. I have done yellow roses, pink purple roses, white roses, purple haze roses and even a bicolored orange rose that looks fiery. Aside from my forever rose pendants I use roses a lot in my works sometimes I’ll crush the roses into a fine powder n use that to create and or fill crevices or make whole objects out of the crushed roses.
I’m most proud of my forever rose pendants. They take about a week to complete (not including drying time) it’s a very meticulous n time-consuming process. I’ve gained and learned a lot of patience making these. They’re like little time capsules holding the rose in suspended animation as if it were never plucked n foraged.
I feel like what sets me apart is the simplicity of majority of my pieces. While others go for ostentatious I go for a softer approach, I try to mimic nature. Which is why my forever roses are my fav because it uses practically the entire rose without the need to flatten it out. It’s in mid-bloom forever hanging around your neck
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have started my forever rose pendants sooner. In the spring there were a larger variety of roses to choose from. Now only whites yellows and red wild roses are available. So I’ll have to wait till next spring to acquire some of those like the harlequin rose I know it blooms near this freeway overpass. I come around sometimes to see if I get lucky but there hasn’t been anything but whites n reds.
- Pressed Sunflower Pendants $30
- Forever Rose Pendant $50
- Hand Carved Lapis Lazuli $55
- Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ForagedNature
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/foragednature?igshid=3dpaad6kgmty
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ForagedNature/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForagedNature