We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Sackett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Oddflower Creations started as a simple social justice project in 2019 — people donated to an organization of their choice whose goal is to dismantle white supremacy in exchange for a pair of handmade earrings. This project inspired me to embrace my values and launch a business that could provide unique, high-quality, handcrafted items using ethical supply chains and zero-waste practices.
My business partner Kelly and I try to be very intentional about what it means to use ethical supply chains. We create many materials in-house such as beads, flora, jewelry facets, and silicone molds. But I think what is most interesting is our use of plants.
I am one of those rare Angelinos that doesn’t have a car, and I often travel on foot and love long walks around Los Angeles. It wasn’t long before the botanical diversity I passed through on my walks prompted a deeper reflection. I was particularly interested in the beautiful plants that grew in the “dirty parts” of the city, such as under highway overpasses and poking out of broken sidewalks. I began learning the origins of all the plants around me, and to my surprise, most of the plants I encountered were not native to Southern California. Over several months, I developed a process to preserve my gathered flowers and what was growing in my little balcony garden into hair clips and homeware.
By creating place-based wearable art, we encourage dialogue about our natural and human
histories. Our handcrafted accessories utilize hyper-local foliage to promote connection with the
city’s natural beauty. Still, they are also a challenge: to find innovative uses for local biomaterials
while remaining grounded in history. They represent my continued education on indigenous
plants, mindful gathering practices, and commitment to zero-waste living. We hope to continue discovering innovative ways to incorporate plant life into our creations.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always been a creative human. As a child, I would make my own toys with paper, wood, and little things I gathered. As a young adult, I think most of my art stemmed from a combination of living in poverty in my early 20s and a deep desire for uniquely beautiful objects that existed outside the “throw-away” consumer culture. For example, I found deep satisfaction in making shoes out of old bicycle tires, spinning and dying yarn for knitting, and crafting furniture from salvaged materials. Now have shifted my focus to jewelry and homeware items.
Apart from co-founding a Kombucha company in Michigan in the early 2010s, I had no experience running a business. To my surprise, many tools that I developed while working on my literature-based Ph.D. at UCLA come in handy when assessing business strategies, doing research, and articulating our broader values related to slow fashion and sustainability. I am still figuring it out as I go, but community is key. Thankfully, I have people in my circle with business and art experience to whom I can reach out and workshop ideas.
I want people to know that each item from Oddflower Creations is handcrafted with the utmost care and attention. We create many of our materials in-house such as beads, flora, jewelry facets, and silicone molds, so that you can know your items were ethically created with zero waste. Not to mention they are quirky, beautiful, and a little bit odd.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I will be the first to admit that I have yet to explore so many parts of the city because the early stages of a Ph.D. are very time-consuming. That said, I would absolutely take my bestie to spend the day at Olympic Spa in Koreatown, taste all the possibilities of Smorgusboard, go shopping at the Melrose Trading Post, and climb up the Culver City Steps. My friends and I love cooking, so we would probably hit up all my favorite grocery stores in Thai town, Japantown and Tehrangeles.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wonderful business partner Kelly Roso. Kelly joined Oddflower in January 2022, and I couldn’t be more thankful for her. Thank you, Kelly, for your Virgo-Libra energy, for pushing me outside my creative comfort zone, and for being outside at markets with me in the freezing cold and blistering heat. I can’t wait to see what weird creations are in store for us. You are my fellow alien <3
Other: I guess we are also on the tok @oddflowercreations