Maker Profile: Gabriela Salazar, Florist and Owner of La Musa de las Flores - Valle de Bravo
Hi Gabriela! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
When I was a child I was surrounded by flowers my mother and grandmother collected for their still-life paintings. I guess, I didn't know back then how this would impact me. Also my grandfather used to grow flowers.
I studied Art History and a Master degree in Architectural Interiors in London. While I was doing my Master I started doing flowers just with the intention of creating an impact in the space, then I realized how powerful flowers are and how they can change the way we feel. That's how I got into flowers.
What was your first job?
I used to teach art for kids in a Montessori school.
What led you to begin La Musa de las Flores?
When I was finishing my Master Degree, I already knew I wanted to do flowers. I believe that flowers can transform the way we feel about our lives and they connect us, in a really powerful way with nature. A muse is inspired by nature and her mission is to inspire. I want to inspire people to connect with flowers and therefore with Nature and with God.
What made you decide to grow your own flowers and what challenges have you faced in your garden?
When I came back to Mexico, I wanted to grow new varieties and flowers I used to work with in England. So I moved to the country side and started to grow my own flowers. Of course, it has been a learning curve, since we don't have a lot of information on how to grow these new varieties under these conditions.
How do you connect with your community?
I work with local families, especially with women from this community. Mexico has a very segregated society and there aren't many opportunities for the poorest, so I teach the local women to do flowers. I believe the way they connect with their feminine aspect and also learn a profession that can go with them always, gives them a strong sense of independence.
What are some of your favorite flowers?
I love flowers that look fragile, but they are resilient. Like cosmos or ranunculus. They look so gentle and soft, yet they cope so well and don't die easily. I like that a lot.
Why do you think it’s important to support local makers, artists and businesses?
Well I believe we have a responsibility with the people we grow and live with. If we help each other we become stronger. I support the local ceramists and the local growers and they support me.
What makes you passionate about the work that you do?
Growing flowers is one. I learn so much from it. Not only about growing, but about life too. For example, how to be patient, how to let go and not control. I learn about the magic of nature. I am also in love with doing flowers. All my difficulties melt away when I am doing flowers.
At The Glossary, we believe in women working together and helping one another. Why do you think it is important for women to support each other?
We can only be better if we work together. We are stronger and also there is so much to learn from each other.
What creative women do you find inspiring?
I love Louise Bourgeois
What have you learned from owning your business that you think can apply to any creative endeavor?
That you have to go for it. No fears, remind yourself that it can only have a good result. No matter what, you will learn.
What are you looking forward to in the coming months?
Growing more and more flowers.
What are some of your favorite places in Valle de Bravo?
I love the woods. Walking around them makes me feel quiet and connected with nature again.