About Jennifer H. Campbell and her Floriography Jewelry Creations
Jennifer H. Campbell went to the Tyler School of Art at Temple University as a painter and earned a BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry design. An avid gardener and fan of all things Victorian, Jennifer is inspired by plants, botanical illustrations, and vintage greeting cards.
"I draw on my early background as a painter, twenty years designing fashion jewelry, and my passion for garden design to craft my collections."
At The Studio and Creating Each Piece
Welcome to My studio! The process begins with research of the language of flowers, and the creation of stories made from the meanings. Some of the common plant names are no longer used- what plant is it, exactly? And what are its distinguishing characteristics? Then, which flower meanings are still relevant to our lives today? There is much in the Victorian language of flowers that may not resonate in our modern life, such as the emphasis on virtue, and a strict moral code.
The available brass components representing these flowers, though a treasure trove, are finite. The tools were created by Master Craftsmen in the early part of the last century. A lost art, there is no new generation of tool makers.
View the Process of Making My Floriography Jewelry. - Click on a photo
Each piece is soldered and burnished, then hand painted. The result is a bunch of flowers that deliver a message, just as in Victorian times, but these Tussie Mussies will never fade or wilt.
A Short History of Floriography
The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.
The communication between Victorian lovers was not exclusively through flowers but flowers appeared to have a great influence on the Victorians, as did many other traditions. This language was most commonly communicated through Tussie-Mussies, an art which has a following today.
The Popularity of the Victorian Tussie Mussie
Although there were a large number of flowers used in Victorian floriography, the Victorian tussie mussie was widely seen as the most popular way of communicating feelings to a lover. A well educated Victorian lady not only knew the meaning of the flowers presented in a tussie mussie, but she knew the art of making one too. The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love and pink roses a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses still stand for friendship or devotion. Also commonly known meanings are sunflowers, which can indicate either haughtiness or respect – Gerbera (daisy) means innocence or purity. The iris, being named for the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology, still represents the sending of a message. A pansy signifies thought, a daffodil regard, and a strand of ivy; fidelity.