After one job interview and a tiny pair of shorts, Rose Mattos and Erin Heath immediately knew that they were destined to be great friends. This friendship led to the inception of a joint dream to compose beauty from nature and share a unique vision with the world. Inspired by all that occurs in nature…the colors, textures, movements, repetitions and rhythms, they look to these elements as their guide. They—foragers of nature, makers of magic, creators of smiles—are the ladies of Forêt.
(photo by laura dart)
The joy of making things and using her hands became apparent to her at a young age. Working under local Vermont artist Pete Smith, with clay, textile, plaster and printmaking, helped carve her passion to be in constant exploration of new media. With a degree in painting, sculpture and installation from the University of Connecticut, Erin went on to work at Anthropologie as a Display Coordinator in several of metro area Boston stores including Boston’s downtown flagship store and the historic Harvard Square location. After five years of window and store design, Erin decided she wanted to inspire on a more personal and tailored scale. As co-founder of Forêt, she uses her love of color and texture to fashion flowers into painterly compositions that reflect the shapes and movements that appear in nature and inspire her so much.
Studying installation, sculpture, and art history at The Art Institute of Boston took Rose abroad to the rolling fields of French lavender and poppies—a place where flowers began to play an integral part of her installations. After working on window displays for Anthropologie, traveling far east to India, spending a summer in the farmlands of western Massachusetts, and working under a florist in Boston, Rose has settled back in to Somerville. With visions of blending farm and city, untamed and ephemeral, Rose draws on a passion to bring a sustainable beauty to floral design.