There's nothing quite like a great collaboration. One that motivates and inspires.
Julie Hopper and I have worked together on numerous great collaborations (Plum, Gluten-Free & Vegan Pie, upcoming books - Honey & Oats, The Dutch Oven cookbook, and Fresh & Fermented) - we're a team. We like to challenge each other with new ideas, spill over beautiful pages from the Noma and Gwyenth Paltrow cookbooks, and dissect and scrutinize every inch of our work on the screen. We like it so much that when an opportunity and/or inspiration presents itself, like Harbor Herbalist tea, we take it and start sketching.
I became aware of Sarah and her company, Harbor Herbalist, late last year as I was reading about some of the featured vendors at one of the local farmers markets. She sells her hand mixed teas at both U-district and Ballard markets. Showcasing them in sweet little English style tea cups, inviting your nose to take in the aromatic flowers, roots, spices, and leaves.
All organic and wild ingredients, she blends each tea with thoughtful understanding about what makes a tea blend healthful and rejuvenating. They are fantastic! (but don't take my word for it, check out her shop here: www.harborherbalist.com or try them while you are out at one of these fine establishments: Sitka & Spruce, London Plane, Bar Sajor, Vif Coffee & Wine, Black Coffee Co-op, Whole Foods, and Terra Plata)
The more I read about her practice and her teas I knew I had to reach out, and somehow showcase the beauty of her work. It didn't take long until Julie was on board, too - that's when the fun began.
I decided upon four distinct blends (Hercules: a man's tea, Indulge: floral tea, Chocolatl: spiced drinking chocolate, and Kukicha Gold: orange spice kukicha) to tell four distinct stories. With each blend showcasing such a unique personality, whether it was their look and flavor or their purpose in a healthy lifestyle, it was wonderfully inspiring to create a world around these four teas! The possibilities were endless...
Many thanks to Sarah for letting us showcase and play with her beautiful teas!
And to my right-hand lady, Julie, for helping build this idea into a grand symphony. XO