Inspired by vintage greeting cards and children’s books, Floriography celebrates a nostalgia for the romance of the era with a contemporary interpretation.
Jennifer H. Campbell went to the Tyler School of Art at Temple University as a painter and earned a BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry design. An avid gardner and fan of all things Victorian, Jennifer is inspired by plants, botanical illustrations, and vintage greeting cards. "I draw on my early background as a painter, twenty years designing fashion jewelry, and my passion for garden design to craft my collections."
The process begins with research of the language of flowers, and the creation of stories made from the meanings. Some of the common plant names are no longer used- what plant is it, exactly? And what are its distinguishing characteristics? Then, which flower meanings are still relevant to our lives today? There is much in the Victorian language of flowers that may not resonate in our modern life, such as the emphasis on virtue, and a strict moral code. The available brass components representing these flowers, though a treasure trove, are finite. The tools were created by Master Craftsmen in the early part of the last century. A lost art, there is no new generation of tool makers. Each piece is soldered and burnished, then hand painted. The result is a bunch of flowers that deliver a message, just as in Victorian times, but these Tussie Mussies will never fade or wilt. See more on Jen's website.
"When Many Act as One," an installation of 100 felted Pinch Pots