Who We Are at Singing Flower Studio
All our products are produced in small batches by our founder, Susan.
She says about her childhood, “My father loved his garden, his apple orchard and wandering about with a fishing pole near one of his favorite creeks. As a second child, I was always following around behind my father and my older sister, trying to catch up and to learn about the plants and trees. I don’t remember very much about fish, but we had happy campfires cooking our lunches of trout.
At about 10 years old, I began collecting butterflies and spent many happy hours running after them with my net flapping in the air.
My sisters and I learned to love the outdoors. The love of nature permeated our lives. I was drawn to Sweet Briar College because of its wonderful Biology Department and because of its beautiful rural environment right outside my classroom windows.
Two summers at the University of Michigan Biological Station ensured my love of plants and insects.
I started drawing small botanical ink drawings at the Biological Station, and combined with the art and science courses that I took at college, began to direct my interest to fine art. Teaching was a grand way to express my love of art and I spent rewarding years teaching at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis, MN.
After teaching, ‘retirement’ allowed me to explore making body care products from the plants that I love. I believe in the restorative health powers of plants.
Increasingly, I have come to love the wild plants that grow in northern Wisconsin, where I spend the summer. I also believe in the restorative powers of traipsing around fields and woods to become acquainted with new plants and to make them my friends.
Using plants from around the world extends my joy for creating healthy plant-based products for us all to use on our bodies. I delight in the creativity and hard work of so many people around the world who create these ingredients for us to use in our creams and lotions.”
At Singing Flower Studio, we started out to make natural body care products in 2011, because we didn’t want unpleasant chemicals in our bodies. Susan completed certificates in using essential oils from Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy and continues to work with Formula Botanica to increase her skills.
We started with open markets in northern Wisconsin and Florida, but moved
during the pandemic to spend winters in West Virginia near family. We now sell products online and out of small retail stores and at open markets in northern Wisconsin.