The language of flowers...

by - Sunday, January 29, 2012

"To create a little flower is the labour of ages." ~ William Blake

Floriography, recognized as the language of flowers, became the silent articulation among Victorian women allowing them to communicate feelings and meanings which otherwise could not be spoken. Various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individual expression. This language was most commonly divulged through tussie-mussies, small bouquets carried in a metal hand-held vase.
The very first dictionary, Le Language des Fleurs, was published in 1819, becoming a tiny popular reference, and later in 1884 by Jean Marsh, illustrated by Kate Greenaway published in London. It is known William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and many others, all used the language of flowers in their writings.
There are myths and legends from several different cultures relating to the origin of the first rose which is initially white in color. White roses suggest virtue and chastity, symbolizing purity, innocence and secrecy. Creating a breathe of life at this time of year, delicate winter white is classic and distinctive, with timeless elegance. 

From clay to creation, busy fingers press into the soft white to mold delicate petals into tiny flowers. Sculpting is another medium I decided to revisit in hopes of reviving more old world techniques for my jewelry. Gathering photos of flora, I recreate their intricate folds, turned and twisted into nature's elements. An unusual and unexpected source of inspiration, the elements of color and components evolved from a clipping of utensils inspiring an eclectic mix of layered whites with antique brass and silver as depicted in this table setting.
 The language of flowers speaks softly, echoing the panache and mystique of a bygone era... xoxo-Sonya

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