Flowers have been potent cultural symbols throughout recorded history, with distinct significance given to diverse blooms in different societies. The intrinsically ephemeral nature of flowers and flower arrangements roots them in the present, making the historical record far from complete.
The earliest known examples are over four and a half millennia old, dating back to ancient Egypt. Egyptians both enjoyed flowers in their homes and used them during burials and other ceremonial events. Ancient Greeks and Romans also used floral arrangements for important occasions, often awarding wreaths as prizes for winners competitions and victors in war. Meanwhile, ancient Oriental cultures valued flowers as integral aspects of spiritual practice. Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism all involve complex floral rituals. This is best exemplified by the Japanese practice of Ikebana, which uses floral design as a means to attain higher spiritual awareness.
In Europe, the importance of flowers in culture was born in monastery gardens. These early centers of learning were at the forefront of medieval medicine and often cultivated rare and precious blooms. Medieval monks adorned their manuscripts with important flowers, often in symbolic arrangements. Italian renaissance artists expanded this practice, capturing the fleeting wealth of floral arrangements in vivid color with their oil paints. The birth of the still life painting, which was a marker of cultural sophistication and wealth, was intrinsically connected with flower arrangements. Victorians, inspired by scientific classification and romantic vigor, codified a complex language of floral arrangement. The classic Victorian vase contained a mix of blooms, arranged in an irregular style, each with its own meaning contributing to a complex narrative.
These traditions, often born far apart, are all united by the ephemeral, organic wonder that flowers embody. The human fascination with blooms runs deep through our history and continues strong today. Lollett takes inspiration from this rich, diverse, colorful history of organic interaction, and creates unique flower sculptures that are perfectly in tune with the modern world. Lollett’s creations are reflections of the past, embodiments of the present and manifestations for the future - fleeting yet everlasting.
“Flowers are nature’s poems. Magical beings capable of shifting our energies and transform any space they’re in, they are truly unique. They stand like works of art, bearing the weight of time without being burdened by it. Flowers are, like us: finite, but imbued with the infinite. They represent the moment - ideas and flowing emotions - but also represent more solid, more timeless things such as culture and society. They are, in short, energy, living brushes of color that brighten up our lives.”
Symbolizing the need for normalization of the cannabis plant and infusing hopes for fast and complete legalization in the country, Lollett creates unique flower sculptures made of silk cannabis stems and silk flowers.
"It’s time to give a new meaning to flower arrangements, using them as a medium for promoting and pushing forward the legalization of cannabis, one of the most generous and useful plants that we have in the planet.”