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FLOWERS AND THEIR MEANING de Karen Azoulay

Bring fresh meaning to your houseplants, bouquets, and floral arrangements with this illustrated exploration of the rituals, cultures, and mythology behind 600 blooms, herbs, and trees.

FLOWERS AND THEIR MEANING:
The Secret Language and History of 600 Blooms
by Karen Azoulay
Clarkson Potter, February 2023

In the Victorian language of flowers, hundreds of blooms were ascribed specific meanings based on mythology, science, foreign language, and ancient history. Page through this botanical encyclopedia to learn each flower’s Victorian meaning (blackberry, for example, represents « envy » while ranunculus boldly states, « I am dazzled by your charms »), other common names for the bloom, and read about each flower’s cultural history. There is also an index of the flowers grouped by theme, should you want to challenge your local florist with creating a coded message for a loved one.
Karen Azoulay pairs vintage botanical drawings with electric photography, creating a one-of-a-kind flower dictionary with a distinctly mystic feel. FLOWERS AND THEIR MEANINGS is both a beautiful volume and a practical guide to incorporating the language of flowers into your own life.

Karen Azoulay is an interdisciplinary artist and author whose performance and sculptural art explores earth-elements and the female form. Her projects have been featured and reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and Vogue. Recent exhibitions include Semi-Precious, a solo show at Essex Flowers in New York, and Root of the Head at Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit.

TALKING TO GOD de Julia Cameron

TALKING TO GOD is another cornerstone Julia Cameron creativity book, focusing on cultivating the art of prayer in one’s life to unblock creatively and live a more authentic, joyful life. It is a perfect follow-up to The Listening Path, which shifted our perspective to the creative art of attention, fostering re-engagement with one’s environments and building deeper connections to gain insight, clarity and deepen our creativity.

TALKING TO GOD:
The Creative Art of Prayer
by Julia Cameron
St. Martin’s Press, Winter 2022
(chez David Black Literary Agency)

In another 6-week creativity program, Julia Cameron focuses on cultivating the art of prayer in one’s life to unblock creatively and live a more authentic, joyful life. TALKING TO GOD is a perfect follow-up to The Listening Path, which shifted our perspective to the creative art of attention, fostering re-engagement with one’s environments and building deeper connections to gain insight, clarity and deepen our creativity. TALKING TO GOD takes us to the next level; through inspiring stories and revealing exercises, Julia will guide her reader to find a way forward as an artist, through prayer. In another 6 week creativity program, Julia’s audience can delve into the inextricable link between spirituality and creativity, and put prayer into their daily practice. The book explores the questioning and seeking of a higher power, and finding solace, answers, gratitude, joy and creative growth through prayer.
From reframing the God concept and “praying on the page” to learning about trusting guidance, readers will see how writing is an act of prayer, that “as we take care to write what is unfolding within us, the flow of words is a flow of grace. The higher power writes through us.” Julia teaches us how life is a prayer, how prayer is woven into the very fabric of life. “For decades, I have shared this connection with my students and as they have worked with this concept, their creativity—and their connection to the divine—have consistently blossomed as well.”

Hailed by the New York Times as “The Queen of Change,” Julia Cameron is credited with starting a movement in 1992 that has brought creativity into the mainstream conversation―in the arts, in business, and in everyday life. She is the best-selling author of more than forty books, fiction and nonfiction; a poet, songwriter, filmmaker and playwright. Commonly referred to as “The Godmother” or “High Priestess” of creativity, her tools are based in practice, not theory, and she considers herself “the floor sample of her own toolkit.” The Artist’s Way has been translated into forty languages and sold over five million copies to date.

THE HOCKNEYS de John Hockney

I have always been proud of my older siblings and felt the stories of individual determination to succeed and be themselves should be told. From inspiring parents, and my father’s philosophical comment, “Never Worry What the Neighbours Think,” (an aristocratic sentiment, as David says); we each pursued life paths that vary” – John Hockney

THE HOCKNEYS:
Never Worry What the Neighbours Think
by John Hockney
Legend Press, October 2019

The Hockneys is a never-before-seen insight into the lives of this family, from growing up in the Second World War in Bradford through to their diverse lives across three continents. Hardship, successes as well as close and complex relationships are poignantly illustrated by both famous and private pictures and paintings from David Hockney. With a rare and spirited look into the lives of an ordinary family with extraordinary stories, we begin to understand the creative freedom that led to the successful careers of all the Hockney children. How was it that a poor family from Bradford- headed by a whimsical, conscientious objector father and an intense, religiously strict mother- brought into existence an artist whose work has inspired generations?

John Hockney is a storyteller by profession, a writer and a musician. He migrated to Australia in 1968 but has retained strong ties with his large family. His brother is world renowned artist David Hockney.