Flowers as remembrance

Flowers through history have been synonymous with remembrance and mourning. We have flowers at funerals we plant roses as memorials to people gone, flower images are carved into headstones, poppies are used for remembrance day, flowers are left at the site of an accident etc. Immortelles are particularly interesting to me. They are an attempt to halt decay, made of ceramic and placed on graves with the added protection often of glass and a wire cage to both protect from damage and the elements.

They have a sad loneliness to them in their attempt to survive. With years of condensation and lichen growth we are still reminded of time passing as well as the discolouration of the petals. It is impossible to halt times progression.

Using an old wire planter I feel adds a poignancy and added loneliness to my fabric peony.






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