From the Studio: Choosing the Blooms
The original illustration of pink roses and the hand-marbled paper used to develop the Strength card
Flowers are thought to speak a language - thus, their importance in so many of our rituals as well as their enduring values as gifts and in art.
In selecting a flower to illustrate each card, we especially relied on thoughtful books by writers like Shane Connolly and Jean-Michele Othoniel, who delved into the symbolism of flowers in art and in arrangements.
"The Secret Language of Flowers", by Jean-Michel Othoniel
"Discovering the Meaning of Flowers", by Shane Connolly
Each source we consulted offered new insights and stories that inspired our imaginations - even for a flower with as "obvious" a backstory as the rose.
"The Language of Flowers" by Marina Heilmeyer
"Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom" by Editors Phaidon
The language of flowers is an endlessly rich and evolving trove of story and meaning - we feel so lucky to have been able to build upon the scholarship and diligence of these sources to choose the blooms for each of the cards in our Major Arcana.