A flower with love
“It’s mother’s day, it’s father’s day, today is spring, it’s little brother’s first birthday, the next-door neighbour gets married! Every occasion is good to offer a flower. [...] But what really matters is the love with which a little daisy, a lavender sprig or some moss are chosen, that one there in particular and not that other one”. Bruno Munari
The creation of floral arrangements aims to transmit a message through a life (the plant) which is expression of silence. The one who gives and receives a flower should be able to compose and interpret this living silence, that tries to express life through another type of life. It’s not meant to be a difficult or intricate purpose, but on the contrary a natural gesture which doesn’t need money but love and inventiveness. Munari shows here many examples of such an inventiveness, not to be merely copied but as a suggestion to freely invent many other ones.
A flower with love is one the book from the Workshop series describe different working, techniques, from educational to explanatory pamphlets and “poetic” play... With basic explanations and plenty of stimuli, suggestions and maps to get adults and children, teachers and students working together.
This book is also available in Italian.