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Carl's Story

August's Coveted Stone: Peridot

This stone is a powerful purifier and can release toxic energy. Use Peridot to access light and creativity. 
Multi-disciplinary artist and all around fun guy, Carl Ostberg, has quickly become one of Vancouver’s most sought after photographers, stylists, and art directors. He is known for his striking, theatrical, and expressive product shots and floral styling.
While you can catch Carl at Hana By Celsia, styling vivacious floral arrangements, he has recently embarked on his own studio project to focus on photography and art direction.
Q: Tell us about yourself: Who is Carl and what does he do? And how did you get to where you are now?

A: At the core I feel I am a ‘creator.’ I have always been creating, like when I was a kid and stole my sister’s Barbies, styled, and photographed them; or when I peer pressured my high school friends into letting me tease their hair and put acrylic paint on their faces.

It was always an experiment and exploration of new things. I try and keep this same sense of discovery in every medium that I’m working with. 

As far as who I am now, I’m working hard every day to figure that out - and loving every second of it. 


 Q: Peridot is known as a crystal that promotes creativity. How do you access creativity? When do you feel most creatively fulfilled?

 A:  I almost always have a crystal in my pocket - and what the crystal does for me is bring me back to the present moment. Maybe it’s placebo, but I know it’s a gentle reminder.

I find that I am at my best when I can focus on right now, and what can be created from this single moment in time.



Q: If you could exhibit your work alongside your favourite artist, who would they be?

A : I would love to have my work coupled with Taylor Swift: Red era. Lyrical genius. 


Q: Jewelry. How do you feel about it? What is your go to accessory?

A:  I feel like I have never been the type of person who can pull off jewelry, I wish I was. I do however admire how it completes a person’s outfit and can change a look so definitively. 

My go to accessory is my glasses - it’s mainly for functional reasons. But it does fulfill a part of the transformative jewelry dream. 




Q:  What are some challenges people might not have realized you faced as you developed your career? 

A:  I think the biggest challenge is finding information. The freelance world is so difficult to find your feet. Whether it’s what to charge, how to source things, business strategy - the most valuable asset is a finding a few close peers who you can confidently exchange ideas and experience with. 


Q: What is the best thing that has happened to you this month?

A: I got to spend time doing videography on Bowen Island, which is such a stunning place, and the challenge of learning something new was exciting!




Q: If you could relive one day of your life, what would it be, and why?

A:  My partner and I found a secret beach in Maui that felt like magic, as though time itself had suspended. I would hop back into that place in a heartbeat!


Q: What is your superpower?

A:  I can stay neutral even through the most explosive moments!

If I could choose one: teleportation. 


Q: What can we expect to see next from you?

A: I’m not sure specifically, who knows! That is exactly the part I enjoy the most - and causes the most anxiety. The excitement of the unknown. 



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