"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.