What the Flowers Know is a floral collage on a vintage book cover. Three-dimensional elements such as seeds, dried flowers, a feather, mica, and brass findings make this piece interesting and unique. Using natural materials in my work is always fun, and insures that no two pieces are ever alike. As a kid I always picked up objects from the woods – feathers, leaves, fossils, interesting twigs or grape vine tendrils, seeds and acorns (I’m leaving out the live things here) – and brought them home to inspect them further. To me, these things were treasures, but I know they must have driven my mom crazy! Who wants to open their child’s sock drawer and find it full of acorns from which some kind of tiny worms are hatching? She rarely lost her patience, but that was one time she absolutely did. I have to confess that nothing much has changed. Although I don’t store them in my sock drawer any more, I still come home from the woods with similar treasures. I store them in my studio and use them in my work. I also enjoy using vintage ephemera, such as old letters and envelopes, book pages, sheet music, stamps, and more. At least now, I have a legitimate reason for keeping all of this stuff! I like using vintage materials because they give the work a sense of the passage of time. In Victorian times, collecting plant samples and pressing them into books known as ‘herbariums’ was a popular pastime. They also glued pressed flowers into beautiful designs to decorate their homes. You can read more about it and see examples on this blog post.
I hope that the way I’ve combined these materials in this floral collage will speak to you, as it does to me. I’m not sure exactly what the flowers know, but I feel that their secrets are beyond our understanding. Looking at artwork like this, we may catch a wordless hint of it. I hope you’ll decide to enjoy this original one-of-a-kind mixed media piece in your home or office today!