ARTIST INTERVIEW: Kari Jansen of Poppy and Someday

Kari Jansen is an Ayurvedic practitioner and Western Herbalist who specializes in lymphatic massage and Ayurvedic treatments. Kari is a graduate of the California School of Herbal Studies, the Dhyana Center, the Ayurvedic Institute of America, Aveda Institute and also holds a B.S. in Health and Nutrition. She owns and operates Poppy and Someday, an organic body care product line. The product design process is rooted in the study of Ayurveda and Western Herbalism and focuses on native plant ingredients. She resides in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles.
What are your most important artist tools?
The Plants, Gua sha, and my Hands. The plants are the true healers and teachers. They guide and ground me. They inspire me to create and make beautiful healing products. Every product I make is infused with plant energy. I also infuse oils them plant essences, which just enhances their nourishing and restorative properties. The Gua sha is my sacred tool to keep my body and lymph moving. It is a small wooden, crystal or bone tool designed to stimulate and increase circulation in the body. I use these in my massage/treatment sessions as well as my own self care rituals. Also, I consider my hands very important and powerful tools. They allow me to create. Every product is handmade, which is a lost art in this fast pace world. My hands are intuitive and an essential tool for bodywork sessions.
What do you do or where do you go to get fresh ideas or renew your creative energy?
I travel. Being on the road is so healing and resets my creative energy field. Specifically, I love experiencing new plants in their habitat. Seeing the earth change from a dry rocky landscape to a lush rainy greenscape keeps my soul alive and inspired. It also conjures new ideas and creativity.
Do you have a daily working routine? What is it like?
I feel so blessed to wake up everyday and love what I do. I typically roll out of bed and begin with oil pulling and mediation in order to reset each new day. This clears my body, mind and spirit. I then drink a warm glass of water to hydrate me, followed by tea or coffee. My mornings and afternoons are often spent in my garden, watering and connecting with my plants. I spend a good portion of my day making and developing products. I spend a lot of time throwing clay on my wheel and giving Ayurvedic body treatments. My day typically ends with a bath in my outside tub filled with salt and sage.
What is so special about making art now in this digital age?
There is a special magic when something is created with your hands. When you combine this with the grounding and clearing energy that comes from plants, oils, and clay, something special happens. In our over-stimulated society it is important to connect with Mother Earth. I try to facilitate this through my products, and their ingredients. I also try to remind people to do simple things in their everyday life, such as walking barefoot and looking up at the stars.

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