Fragile Herbarium Art
Hand-made and modern technologies allow to permanently preserve the unique beauty of the plants, making them imperishable, to fill the iving space of the house with positive energy. Herbarium Art is one of the traditional styles of work with pressed flowers. It differs from other floral collages by simple, natural location of the plant material and allows to emphasize the beauty and uniqueness of certain plant species. Herbaria are laconic and decorative, they can be widely used in interior design. Fragile Herbarium Art is a link between the botanical science and artistic pattern.
The first herbarium appeared in Italy in the XVI century. The invention is associated with the invention of paper. The creation of the first recorded herbarium is attributed to the physician and botanist Luca Ghini (1490 – 1556). He was the founder of the first botanical garden in Europe (Orto botanico di Pisa). Herbarium of Ghini has not survived, but the collections of his immediate disciples extant.
Art of pressed dried flowers dates back thousands years. Pressed flowers are reported to be found in 3,000-year-old mother’s burial of Tutankhamun in Egypt, Greek and Roman botanists knew how to preserve the plants, using methods that work today.
Art studio of dried flower collage led by Lyudmila Solod follows directions, called eco-design or eco-ART, the main idea of which – greening our lives and culture. In their work, they are encouraged by the idea of combining nature and art, bringing to the interior the living energy of plant forms and flowers. The artists are convinced that the contemplation of natural forms heals and harmonizes the mind of man.
Floral horoscope divides the year into 36 parts – decades, each of which bears the name of a certain flower. According to ancient beliefs of the Magi and Druids plant confers born in this period. The person is determined by nature. Nature affects his destiny, but most importantly – the plant is the patron of the person in the plant kingdom!
By Alexander Pushkin
(Translation by admin)
A dried breathless flower,
I see forgotten in the book,
Strange feeling in my soul
Awoke this unknown look
Where and how the flower blossomed?
And when? In spring?
How long, and by whom it was picked up?
By a stranger, or someone I knew?
Whose hand put it here and why?
In memory of a romantic date?
Of someone’s fatal separation?
Of lonely forest walks?
In silent fields, in shades of trees?
And if he or she are still alive?
If so, where they are now?
Or they have withered,
like this unknown flower?
Floral mandala – sacred geometrical symbol of a complex structure used for meditation. It is interpreted as a model of the universe, “map of the cosmos.” The typical form of the mandala includes an outer circle – the universe, the inner circle – the habitat of deities. Square between them is oriented to the cardinal. Mandala is sacred in the East. As an accompaniment of special rituals it is regarded as an object of worship. Flower mandalas decorate floors, walls and ceilings of temples, embroidered on cloth, drawn with sand. However, the first mandala, with the earthly life of the Buddha was compiled from live and dried leaves, flowers and twigs!
Carl Gustav Jung saw the mandala as a symbol of human perfection. It was used in therapy as a means of understanding of oneself’s “I”. Mandalas help a person feel holistic view, accept and solve internal conflicts, develope and improve. Flower Mandala allows a modern man, living in a large metropolis, restore the lost connection with nature and find inner harmony. They cause a very deep chord in everyone, regardless of affiliation to a particular culture, forcing dive into the world of ancient archetypes.
Spanish artist Ignacio Canales Aracil creates vessels resembling inverted baskets, using nothing but dried flowers. Flowers are dried within one month without and sprayed with a light varnish to protect the sculpture from moisture. The final composition, light and airy, is tough enough to stand without support.