ARTIST INTERVIEW: Kari Jansen of Poppy & Someday
Company: Poppy and Someday
Artist: Kari Jansen
Poppy and Someday is owned and operated by Herbalist and Ayurvedic Practitioner, Kari Jansen. After years of studying herbalism, Kari combined her passion for plants with her love of gardening, wildcrafting and herbal medicine making to bring Poppy and Someday to life as a business. The company’s product line features an evolving collection of organic body care products, each of which is comprised of a unique blend of constitutional ingredients. The product design process is rooted in the study of Ayurveda and Western Herbalism and focuses on native plant ingredients. Every ingredient comes from Mother Earth and never contains any synthetics or preservatives.
Kari is a graduate of the California School of Herbal Studies, the Dhyana Center, the Ayurvedic Institute of America and also holds a B.S. in Health and Nutrition. She resides in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Describe the path that led you to the work you do now.
I have always been on a path that follows the natural rhythms and cycles of nature. Some of my favorite childhood memories were of building forts in the woods, making mud bowls and doing anything with my hands outside really. Not a lot has changed as today my work largely consists of creating with plants, oils, and clay. There is a lot of time spent infusing oils and herbs with crystals in connection with each lunar cycle. I am very cognizant on how my work keeps me balanced and connected to mother earth.
What would you say is the driving force behind your creative work?
There is a deep underlying love for what I do and a connection with the healing energy that plants provide.
What do you do, or where do you go to seek fresh ideas or renewed creative energy?
I travel. I thrive in experiencing new energies. Travel inspires me and resets my creative energy. I also wild harvest select plants to make limited edition products. On my last trip to Sault, France, which is the Lavender capital of the world, I brought back the most amazing Lavender essential oil I now use in many of my products. I found the quality of the oil and its smell so healing. The oil comes from a small farm where they first dry the lavender and then turn it into an essential oil. Their attention to detail and quality and the devotion to the process is rare and so special.
What criteria do you use to evaluate your own work?
As a Virgo, I’m meticulous in every sense when it comes to making all my products. While each product has its own baseline recipe, I rely on my senses during many stages of the process, such as
looking at the opacity of a salve or examining the color of an infusion to know when it’s ready. It’s important to me that everything I do possesses a personal, handmade touch.