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Flowers and Their Meanings by Karen Azoulay

Karen is fascinated with floral symbolism, and secret messages are often embedded in her work.

Last Updated on May 2, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

The Reader's Couch podcast - Flowers and Their Meanings by Karen Azoulay

Flowers and Their Meanings: The Secret Language and History of Over 600 Blooms by Karen Azoulay

Did you know that flowers have their own secret language?  Listen in as I chat with the incredibly talented artist and author Karen Azoulay about her captivating book Flowers and Their Meanings.  Together, we’ll explore the rich history and symbolism behind flowers, the 19th-century fascination with flower dictionaries, and the hidden messages in Edith Wharton’s works and the blooms in the wedding bouquet of Diana, Princess of Wales.

As we dive into flower symbolism, Karen and I discuss how flowers have been used to communicate emotions and sentiments throughout history.  Play along as we uncover the meanings behind various flowers for different occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries, or condolences.  So don’t miss this fascinating conversation about the secret language of flowers and the creative process behind Karen’s stunning book.

Flowers and Their Meanings by Karen Azoulay on Amazon or Bookshop.

Flowers and Their Meanings - The Secret Language and History of Over 600 Blooms

Flowers and Their Meanings by Karen Azoulay on Amazon or Bookshop.

Flowers and Their Meanings - The Secret Language and History of Over 600 Blooms

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author Karen Azoulay

ABOUT KAREN AZOULAY

Karen Azoulay is a Canadian born, Brooklyn-based artist and author whose projects have been featured and reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and Vogue. Azoulay incorporates performance, photography, sculpture and video into her art. She has a fascination with floral symbolism and secret messages are often embedded in her work. Inspired by “feminine” motifs, Azoulay explores cultural phenomena that have historically been overlooked with the purpose of recontextualizing and championing them.

Flowers and Their Meanings by Karen Azoulay on Amazon or Bookshop.

Flowers and Their Meanings - The Secret Language and History of Over 600 Blooms

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