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Marketa designs and creates colourful everlasting floral decorations from natural fibres to brighten interiors and add a special touch to gift wrapping, craft projects, and floral arrangements

11 October 2019

Designer Spotlight: M Decor Botanica

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Natural fibre florist influenced by travel, colour, & nature, Marketa: ‘Every blossom, every decoration tells a story and has its unique energy, message and gift’

Hi, my name is Marketa, I’m the solo owner, designer and maker behind M Decor Botanica. Originally from the Czech Republic, I now live with my partner and our son in Trinity Beach, Far North Queensland, Australia.

Teal, green and purple raffia and string floral garland handmade by M Decor Botanica

I design and create colourful floral decorations - handcrafted everlastings made of natural fibres - to brighten up home interiors, studios, workspaces, and add a special touch to gift wrapping and craft projects or floral arrangements.

Marketa designs and creates colourful everlasting floral decorations from natural fibres to brighten interiors and add a special touch to gift wrapping, craft projects, and floral arrangements

I have been selling on Madeit since August 2016, starting M Decor Botanica as a hobby. I started selling online in 2014. I tried various platforms and always felt very disappointed with the lack of support. I lost all my motivation to continue selling online until I found Madeit (locally owned and operated) when I was searching for Australian handmade gifts. I decided to give it a go and opened my store in-mid 2016. I shortly took a long break to focus on my new role as a mother and went back into making early in May 2018.

Handmade paper flower garland decoration by M Decor Botanica

I studied economics at a university and had been working in travel and tourism industry for many years. Before I became a mum 3 years ago, I travelled the world and I’m still passionate about travelling, sharing the adventurous spirit with my family… exploring new places, camping outdoors.

Flower garland in progress; ‘I tried various arts and crafts; floristry, floral designs in decorative hand embroidery, crocheting, clay craft, sugar art and fibre art’

I tried various arts and crafts; floristry, floral designs in decorative hand embroidery, crocheting, clay craft, sugar art and fibre art…also felting and sewing are on my crafts to do list. I was introduced to the art of needle felting when I was on my holiday in the Czech Republic early this year.

Gift wrapped box tied with string and a green and handmade red raffia flower made M Decor Botanica’

I’ve also decided to embark on my sewing journey as I have an excellent teacher, my mother-in-law, who enjoys sewing, patchwork and quilting. We share ideas and are huge fans of handmade products and crafting. Hopefully you may see some of my needle-felted and sewing creations next year.

Marketa in her home workspace, in front of her laptop; ‘Hopefully you may see some of my needle-felted and sewing creations next year’

My family supports and encourages me in my creativity. I’m so thankful to my amazing partner for his patience, understanding of my enthusiasm for arts and crafts, willingness to talk about my projects and for a help with images too.

Looking over Marketa’s shoulder as she weaves a raffia flower to make a floral garland decorations in her home workspace in North Queensland

As a stay-at-home mum, I enjoy creating from home, which allows me to schedule my day around my family. I have a room of my own where I can be creative, keep all my supplies and make a mess while working. It is also a place where I can relax and recharge after a long busy day. It has a small garden feel as I prefer to decorate it with objects and home decor inspired by nature. There is a beautiful rainforest view from my craft room window.

Looking across the bay of Trinity Beach in North Queensland; ‘I like being surrounded and inspired by the work of other artists, listening to… the songs of the ocean near our home in Trinity Beach’

There are two desks in my craft room, one of them being used for office/administration tasks and the other one for crafting and work in progress. I keep all my supplies in a small walk-in robe/closet connected to my craft room. I’m currently updating and redesigning the room with the option of opening the space also for my son’s creative adventures where he can enjoy playing and being involved into my craft projects.

Marketa of M Decor Botanica at work on her Madeit store from her home workspace in North Queensland

The largest wall in the room will be decorated with colourful pencil drawings of my favourite Czech artist and with decorations inspired by nature, handmade by Australian crafters and my fellow Madeit makers. I like being surrounded and inspired by the work of other artists, listening to calm, uplifting music or bird songs from our backyard, the sound of the leaves rustling as the wind blows through the trees or relaxing sounds of waves, the songs of the ocean near our home in Trinity Beach which also provides a beautiful view of the Tropical Tablelands (the rainforest mountains of the Great Dividing Range).

Blue, green and orange flower garland handmade by Marketa of M Decor Botanica from natural fibres like jute twine, hemp twine, raffia, paper raffia, paper string, and wool felt

I love to create with natural fibres (jute twine, hemp twine, raffia, paper raffia, paper string, wool felt) and natural materials. The warmth, texture and character of these materials give the decorations a different, unique look and bring the natural element and a rustic feel into home or project decorating. My techniques include loom weaving, wiring, stitching, knotting and flower arranging (floristry techniques).

Australian grapevine wreath of handmade flowers by M Decor Botanica; ‘My techniques include loom weaving, wiring, stitching, knotting and flower arranging’

I find inspiration in the world around me; on my travels and in nature. I aim to reflect its beauty and colours into long lasting decorations with floral-themed accent. They are full of positive energy and come in lovely fun colours, they are so very versatile and can be used as year-round decorations… always blooming!

Marketa in her colourful sun-filled home studio in North Queensland

My product range features hanging garlands, decorative floral wreaths, flower stems, bouquets, decorative floral picks, gift wrap embellishments, ornaments and embellishing accessories for craft projects.

A bouquet of green and red natural fibre flowers handmade by M Decor Botanica; ‘They are so very versatile and can be used as year-round decorations… always blooming!’

M Decor Botanica represents the vibration and play of colours of garden blooms and blossoms as well as peacefulness and tranquility of a garden - a mix of different elements influencing my creative journey. Every blossom, every decoration tells a story and has its unique energy, message and gift. I hope my decorations bring fun, happiness, uplifting energy and pops of colour into home interiors, studios, and projects… to help make a home or workspace feel more relaxing and cosy.

A brown cardboard box tied with large, natural green ribbon and a long stem lime green and magenta raffia flower by M Decor Botanica

When I look back in time, I can see myself as a little girl sitting on the floor in our living room and watching my mum gift wrapping presents. I thought she was a gift-wrapping artist. The presents were always so beautifully wrapped. I loved curly ribbons and the creative way she folded the paper.

Three long stem lime green and magenta raffia flowers in a bottle by M Decor Botanica; ‘My parents have influenced me in many ways, opened my desire to create’

I also enjoyed knitting and making clothes for my teddy bears and joined my mum in her knitting/crocheting projects. My dad liked sewing on his vintage sewing machine with a wheel and he also liked making woven wall tapestries. My parents have influenced me in many ways, opened my desire to create and unlocked the door for me to the world of handmade.

Early work by Marketa, a large pink sugar flower; ‘baking cakes and making sugar flowers have become my true passions’

I, my partner and our friends used to run a cafe a few years ago and baking cakes and making sugar flowers have become my true passions. However, living in the tropics with high humidity doesn’t allow me to enjoy the art of sugar craft as much as I'd like to. There had always been something pushing me forward to explore more until I found inspiration in everlasting/paper daisies, which my partner photographed in Dorrigo National Park, NSW a few years ago, and I started crafting/ decorating with natural fibres to bring a feel of outdoor nature into our home. M Decor Botanica was becoming a reality.

M Décor Botanica orders, beautifully gift wrapped in brown paper, natural green tissue, and string with a thank you note’

I’m also interested in gift wrapping and floristry techniques and I consider myself a gift-wrapping enthusiast. I always enjoy wrapping gift items in a special way, and I like to put in the effort to wrap gifts for others. This is what I also like to share with my customers, and I offer a complimentary sustainable gift wrap on selected products in my store.

Some of Marketa’s making materials; colourful fibres, ribbons, buttons, felts, beads, twine, wire, embelishments and tiny round looms

I take my commitment to greener living very seriously. I carefully choose and source quality supplies and use biodegradable materials (from sustainable resources) where possible.

a sea-themed paper flower garland in shades of blue laid out on a palm frond and a bed of rocks; ‘Colours influence me in every step I take… they bring energy, happiness, vitality, tranquillity, and joy to my life’

I like playing with colours and watching colours in nature as the seasons change. Colours influence me in every step I take… they bring energy, happiness, vitality, tranquility, and joy to my life… and I’d like to share this with my customers, to bring the beautiful energy of colours and nature into their homes and into their everyday lives.

A colourful, happy artificial wreath decorated in paper and twine flowers and cheerful buttons

I fell in love with countryside and coastal living, natural rustic style with a hint of boho. My favourite designs are simple, natural as well as bright, vivid and colourful. There are no mass-produced items in my store. I like to keep it small. M Decor Botanica is a small handmade business offering a small collection of handcrafted items featuring floral decorations made of natural fibres…most of them being one-of-a-kind pieces.

Flower-making tools; wire, pliers, scissors, hot glue gun, measuring tape, and mini looms in various sizes

I love all things handmade as well as the atmosphere that comes with craft fairs, markets and their outdoor live music. I enjoy giving handmade gifts to my friends and family and supporting crafters and artists by purchasing their beautiful handmade products.

Work in progress on the M Decor Botanica workbench; a raffia and twine floral garland under construction

Handmade is made by real people, each product is unique and there is a story behind it. I have met new friends at markets and through handmade online platforms and social media. We share ideas, knowledge and experience from the handmade world and our lives, we support each other. It always has a really friendly community feel.

A raffia flower and pom-pom garland in happy shades of pink and a dash of lime green by M Decor Botanica

Madeit is a great Aussie selling platform to reach local customers as most of my sales come from Australia. The affordable platform provides an excellent support for its users in terms of fast and reliable communication as well as by helping to actively promote and run an online store. The support of the Madeit community helps me stay motivated, focused and on track. We give advice, share experience and help to promote each others’ stores. I’m so proud to be a part of the Madeit community.



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