ARTIST INTERVIEW: Misa Miyagawa of Botanica Workshop
Botanica Workshop is a line of organic and sustainable wardrobe essentials, designed and produced in Los Angeles, founded by Misa Miyagawa. We fell in love with Misa’s foundational line of natural-dyed silk lingerie when we were introduced to it, and she has since expanded to swimwear and loungewear. We spoke to Misa about her creative vision and what inspires her.
What is so special about making art NOW, in our hectic digital age?
Creating art that you live with, garments that live on the closest layer to your body, is even more special as a tactile and sentimental experience. As a designer of course I’m a visual person, but the specific fit and quality of our products define our collection more than ever. These characteristics have become the essence of our brand.
What do you do, or where do you go to seek fresh ideas or renewed creative energy?
After a long week developing garments, my favorite place to be is the farmer’s market! The sheer variety and abundance of fruits and vegetables is so amazing in LA, and I’m always inspired by all the colors and textures that change from week to week.
What is a new idea you have been working with recently?
Romanticism! I don’t consider myself to be a romantic person, and I don’t work with materials or styles that are considered to be romantic, like lace or ruffles. I like to think that the new styles and fabrics we’ve been working with are strong and independent, yet still sensitive- this is the kind of romanticism I identify with.
How is your work inspired by or influenced by nature and your surroundings?
For each collection, I start with our classic color Petal which is based on natural avocado dye- on cotton it develops into an earthy pink hue, like a blushy cheek. All the colors I gravitate towards can be found in nature. This season I was very inspired by the colors of wild mushrooms- they have an amazing range of colors, from mocha to purple to bright yellow. I also love huge, weird, sculptural seashells, like conch and abalone. So you could say the inspiration is from both the beach and the mountains- both of which we are lucky to have access to here in LA!