Old Time Feeling is the multi-disciplinary project of Kelsey Sykes. It began in 2010 in Western Kentucky as a blog about small-town living, vintage hunting, and 70s country music. After a haphazard relocation to the East Coast, where she fell in with a group of poets and writers who encouraged her transcendental fascination with the natural world, she began exploring this preoccupation with a stint of farm jobs along the eastern seaboard and a summer of traveling the US. In 2012, Sykes settled in an antebellum house in Richmond, Virginia, and began growing her own flowers and herbs. A trip to Japan the following year sparked an infatuation with Ikebana. A month after her return to the states, she hosted a Valentine's Day floral pop-up at a local vintage store that sold out within hours. She soon began an apprenticeship with Rhea Calpeno of Photosynthesis, with whom she worked for three wedding seasons. Old Time Feeling reemerged as a floral design business focused on locally grown flowers and the native and invasive species found growing in her various states of home - from the vast flowering seed pods mesmerizing her on long walks along the James River in Virginia to the wild roses discovered under sedgebrush on the edges of her family's property in Kentucky - this is what originally and continually inspires her work. Whether in Africa, South America or her new home in NYC, she's always looking to discover the familiar and unknown, from the ground up.
Sykes now lives in Manhattan and manages a floral retail branch of Fox Fodder Farm at The Real Real Soho. You can visit her at 80 Wooster St, Tues - Sat, or hire her for any of your floral and design needs, big or small.