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Flower Women - Illustration book

"She enjoyed no freedom in her pretty pot"

Marino, E, Powerful Emblems of Protest: Flower Language and Flower Imagery in the Writings of Margaret Fuller

The connection between nature and feminity is a long standing one. Nature is pure and sinless, qualities traditional western values desire in women.
For example in the Victorian era, flower dictionaries became popular. This capitalised on the recently feminine interest in botany as a way to communicate subtly in a conservative society.

Botany became an acceptable for women because of its connection to the naturally beautiful and therefore was an acceptable scientific field for women. This acceptance was not of progressivism but of adhereance to long standing social norms.

This book aims to turn this association between traditional femininity and nature on it's head. By using the language of flowers as well as folklore and science connected to them, each illustration builds a holistic view of female identity.

Development blog at https://amylowe4.blogspot.com
Full illustration book flip through at https://youtu.be/sNXgykDOtjo

Aster botanical drawing draft

Aster botanical drawing draft

Aster final botanical drawing

Aster final botanical drawing

Bellflower botanical drawing drafts

Bellflower botanical drawing drafts

Bellflower final botanical drawing

Bellflower final botanical drawing

Daisy final botanical drawing

Daisy final botanical drawing

Hibiscus botanical drawing draft

Hibiscus botanical drawing draft

HIbiscus final botanical drawing

HIbiscus final botanical drawing

Hyacinth botanical drawing draft

Hyacinth botanical drawing draft

Hyacinth final botanical drawing

Hyacinth final botanical drawing

Lotus botanical drawing draft

Lotus botanical drawing draft

Lotus final botanical drawing

Lotus final botanical drawing

Sunflower botanical drawing drafts

Sunflower botanical drawing drafts

Sunflower final botanical drawing

Sunflower final botanical drawing

Violet botanical drawing draft

Violet botanical drawing draft

Violet final botanical drawing

Violet final botanical drawing

Myrtle botanical drawing draft

Myrtle botanical drawing draft

Myrtle final botanical drawing

Myrtle final botanical drawing

Cover art colour variations

Cover art colour variations

Final cover art

Final cover art

Cover and contents

Cover and contents

Pages three and four

Pages three and four

Pages five and six

Pages five and six

Pages seven and eight

Pages seven and eight

Pages nine and ten

Pages nine and ten

Pages eleven and twelve

Pages eleven and twelve

Pages thirteen and fourteen

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Pages twenty one and twenty two

Pages twenty one and twenty two

Bibliography

Bibliography