Title: ‘Floriography: Bureau of the unsaid’
Client: The Dalston Curve Garden
Partners: Chelsea Fringe Festival
The Dalston Curve Garden hosted and commissioned as a part of Chelsea Fringe 2016. Floriography is the language of flowers, which has been around for over a thousand years and especially popular with the Victorians. Gifts of blooms, plants, and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings, which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. ‘The Bureau of the unsaid’ revived and updated this cryptic and useful means of communication to help visitors to express themselves with friends and family. The pop-up florists office, was filled with flowers entirely constructed from paper. Visitors were invited to express their secret or vital feelings resulting in a new meanings for flowers including ‘swipe right’, ‘meet me at the pub’ and ‘it’s your turn to cook’. The messages were added to the blooms with the help of a typewriter and floral dictionary made for the installation.