Handmade Flower Power! Artizan Made floral designs.

Handmade Flower Power! Artizan Made floral designs.
08/18/2018 Rachel
handmade flower power

I loved Harry Chapin when I was in High School and still mourn his untimely death (1981). His song, “Flowers Are Red” still make me weepy as it captures so well how we continue to stomp out creativity in children as they begin to interpret this amazing world we live in. Here is a video of Chapin introducing the song and singing it, back in 1981, the same year he died:

Lyrics for “Flowers Are Red”

Clay Lick Creek Pottery Ceramic Coffee Mug Purple Flower

Clay Lick Creek Pottery Ceramic Coffee Mug Purple Flower

The little boy went first day of school
He got some crayons and started to draw
He put colors all over the paper
For colors was what he saw
And the teacher said.. What you doin’ young man
I’m paintin’ flowers he said
She said… It’s not the time for art young man
And anyway flowers are green and red
There’s a time for everything young man
And a way it should be done
You’ve got to show concern for everyone else
For you’re not the only one

And she said…
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There’s no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

But the little boy said…
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

Well the teacher said.. You’re sassy
There’s ways that things should be
And you’ll paint flowers the way they are
So repeat after me…..

And she said…
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There’s no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

 

Castilleja Cotton Teddy Bear Quilt with Flowers

Castilleja Cotton Teddy Bear Quilt with Flowers

But the little boy said…
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one

The teacher put him in a corner
She said.. It’s for your own good..
And you won’t come out ’til you get it right
And all responding like you should
Well finally he got lonely
Frightened thoughts filled his head
And he went up to the teacher
And this is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There’s no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

Time went by like it always does
And they moved to another town
And the little boy went to another school
And this is what he found
The teacher there was smilin’
She said…Painting should be fun
And there are so many colors in a flower
So let’s use every one

But that little boy painted flowers
In neat rows of green and red
And when the teacher asked him why
This is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There’s no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen.

Flower Power

At about the same time, (late 1960’s, early 1970’s), Flower Power became a term used as an antiwar statement by protesters against the Vietnam war. One of the most famous images of the era shows a young man putting flowers into the rifle muzzles pointed at him:

Flower_Power_by_Bernie_Boston

Photographed by Bernie Boston on October 21, 1967 while he was sitting on the wall of The Mall entrance by the Pentagon. Flower Power, 1967

The hippie movement of the early 1970’s adopted the term, translating it into bold graphics and incorporating flowers into their clothing, jewelry, album covers, and even their cars.

Flower Power VW

Flower Power VW, attribution unknown.

Floral Designs

Floral motifs have been a favorite theme ever since humans began decorating surfaces with symbols and images. Ancient textiles, pottery and carvings document our love affair for flowers. Vintage examples from our Artizan Shops:

Floral Vintage Textile Stamp from Afghanistan

Textile stamps like this one have been used in many cultures to print floral designs on fabric. This one is from Afghanistan, Afghan Tribal Arts.

 

Vintage Silver Frame from Peru, Hot Moon Collection

This vintage silver frame from Peru is typical of old Colonial designs throughout South America brought to the Americas from Spain and Portugal. Hot Moon Collection.

 

SouthWestern floral design - CulturalPatina

SouthWestern floral design – CulturalPatina

 

 

Contemporary Use of Flowers in Design

We live in a time where we can draw upon all of the influences of the past and reinterpret them in new ways. Our Artizan Shops use floral motifs in hundreds of products, from abstract references to bold designs. You can find some of them in our Etsy destination for “floral” or for “flowers“.  Here are a couple of boldly beautiful examples:

Sandy Kreyer Kiln House Pottery pink plate

Sandy Kreyer Kiln House Pottery pink plate

 

 

Siamese Dream Design Floral Embroidered Shoes

Siamese Dream Design Floral Embroidered Shoes

 

 

AllThingsPretty Embroidered Hands, vintage florals

AllThingsPretty Embroidered Hands, vintage florals

 

 

Down to the Wire Wrapped Floral Pattern Necklace

Down to the Wire Wrapped Floral Pattern Necklace

 

 

Gilgulim Floral Kimono Earrings

Gilgulim Floral Kimono Earrings

 

 

Mariann Johansen Ellis - Black bird with field flowers

Mariann Johansen Ellis – Black bird with field flowers

 

 

Woodissimo music box with tulip design.

Woodissimo music box with tulip design.

 

 

Flowers bring beauty into our lives! They smell good, attract bees, have healing properties, and mean so much to us culturally and individually. Many of us have gardens and nurture them, enjoying the pleasure of seeing them grow, blossom and thrive. It’s only natural that we make them live forever through our art and decor.

We hope that you have enjoyed our handmade flower power display. Do you have a favorite flower? How about an object or clothing with flowers that you treasure? Feel free to tell us a story in the comments and link to images that we can look at. We would love to hear from you!

 

Flowers from our Market

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    Rustic Yellow Sunflower
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    Large Stoneware Coffee Mug, Rustic Yellow Sunflower

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    $36.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
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    Medium Ceramic Serving Bowl, Lavender Zinnia Flower

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    $40.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
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  • Clay Lick Creek Pottery Medium Ceramic Coffee Mug
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    $30.00
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    Medium Ceramic Coffee Mug, White Daisy Flower

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    $30.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
    $30.00
  • Clay Lick Creek Pottery Large Ceramic Serving Bowl
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    $65.00
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    Large Ceramic Serving Bowl, White Daisy Flower on Cobalt Blue

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    $65.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
    $65.00
  • Zia Pottery Pot
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    $3,750.00
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    Zia Pottery Pot, by Candelaria Gachupin #440

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    $3,750.00 Sold By CulturalPatina Gallery
    $3,750.00
  • Nomadic Turkmen Cherjew Child's Ceremonial Garment
    #910
    $1,200.00
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    Nomadic Turkmen Cherjew Child’s Ceremonial Garment, #910

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    $1,200.00 Sold By CulturalPatina Gallery
    $1,200.00
  • $26.99
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    Hand-Carved Ornamental Wooden Clip Barrettes

    Each hand-carved clip barrette is a unique hair accessory that adds that perfect fashion flair to any long hair style. Carved from solid walnut or apricot wood by Tajik master carver Sodiq Zaripov, these barrettes were created specifically for HoonArts Fair Trade. Clicking on the "Visit Shop" button will take you to the HoonArts Fair Trade shop where you can purchase this item and see what other one-of-a-kind and small artist's edition treasures are currently in stock.
    $26.99 Sold By HoonArts Fair Trade
    $26.99
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    Azalea thread sculpture bracelet

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    $80.00 Sold By Doughty Designs
    $80.00
  • Clay Lick Creek Pottery Ceramic Wall Hanging or Tray
    Yellow Sunflower Flower
    $28.00
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    Ceramic Wall Hanging or Tray, Yellow Sunflower Flower

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    $28.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
    $28.00
  • Clay Lick Creek Pottery Small Pottery Cereal Bowl
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    $30.00
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    Small Pottery Cereal Bowl, Yellow Orange Lotus Flower

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    $30.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
    $30.00
  • Clay Lick Creek Pottery Medium Ceramic Coffee Mug
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    Medium Ceramic Coffee Mug, Purple Daisy Flower

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    $30.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
    $30.00
  • Clay Lick Creek Pottery Petite Ceramic Ring Bowl or  Dish
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    Petite Ceramic Ring Bowl or Dish, Yellow Orange Lotus Flower

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    $24.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
    $24.00
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    with green metallic accents. Hanging loop included.
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    Oggi Temari Ball, embroidered ball; traditional Japanese folk art

    Oggi Temari Ball

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    $45.00 Sold By Yarndance
    $45.00
  • $79.99
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    Ceramic Kundal Plate

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    $79.99 Sold By HoonArts Fair Trade
    $79.99
  • Clay Lick Creek Pottery Medium Pottery Coffee Mug
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    Medium Pottery Coffee Mug, Purple Daisy Flower on Lime Green

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    $30.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
    $30.00
  • Clay Lick Creek Pottery Medium Ceramic Serving Bowl
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    Medium Ceramic Serving Bowl, Purple Blue Lotus Flower

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    $35.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
    $35.00
  • Afghan Tribal Arts
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    Vintage Tribal Vest, Ceremonial Child’s, Turkman #12

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    $265.00 Sold By Afghan Tribal Arts
    $265.00
  • Clay Lick Creek Pottery Ceramic Colander or Berry Strainer
    Yellow Sunflowers
    $40.00
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    Ceramic Colander or Berry Strainer, Yellow Sunflowers

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    $40.00 Sold By ClayLickCreekPottery
    $40.00
  • HoonArts Large Hand-Carved Ornamental Wooden Comb-Walnut
    $59.99
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    Large Hand-Carved Ornamental Wooden Comb-Walnut

    This hand-carved wooden comb is a thing of beauty intended for everyday use. Carved from solid walnut by Tajik master carver Sodiq Zaripov, this comb reflects traditional Tajik ornamental patterns and a carving tradition that spans generations. Clicking on the "Visit Shop" button will take you to the HoonArts Fair Trade shop where you can purchase this item and see what other one-of-a-kind and small artist's edition treasures are currently in stock.
    $59.99 Sold By HoonArts Fair Trade
    $59.99
  • Afghan Tribal Arts
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    Vintage Pashtun Silver Pendant with Carnelian

    Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the 1980's. The focus is on vintage textiles and tribal jewelry as well as new gemstone beads made for jewelry designers. Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to our shop there where you can see what is currently in stock.
    $590.00 Sold By Afghan Tribal Arts
    $590.00
  • HoonArts Small Hand-Carved Ornamental Wooden Comb
    $26.99
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    Small Hand-Carved Ornamental Wooden Comb

    This small hand-carved wooden comb is a thing of beauty intended for everyday use. Carved from solid walnut or apricot by Tajik master carver Sodiq Zaripov, this comb reflects traditional Tajik ornamental patterns and a carving tradition that spans generations. Clicking on the "Visit Shop" button will take you to the HoonArts Fair Trade shop where you can purchase this item and see what other one-of-a-kind and small artist's edition treasures are currently in stock.
    $26.99 Sold By HoonArts Fair Trade
    $26.99
  • Woven Wool Multicolored Vegetable Dyed Navajo Weaving Rug
    #758
    $9,600.00
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    Woven Wool Multicolored Vegetable Dyed Navajo Weaving Rug, #758

    CulturalPatina maintains a large shop on Etsy with over 800 Museum quality products and original art. Our focus is primarily on American Western art, but we also have a sizable collection on Naga beadwork and textiles, along with other tribal from around the world. Clicking on the 'Shop on Etsy' button will take you to that section of our shop where you can see similar works. If this item has sold, you should be able to find something else of the same quality and price range.
    $9,600.00 Sold By CulturalPatina Gallery
    $9,600.00
  • HoonArts Hand-Carved Ornamental Wooden Stick Barrettes
    $26.99
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    Hand-Carved Ornamental Wooden Stick Barrettes

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    $26.99 Sold By HoonArts Fair Trade
    $26.99
  • HoonArts Hand-Embroidered Suzani Bedspread Set-Peach and Purple
    $425.00
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    Hand-Embroidered Suzani Bedspread Set-Peach and Purple

    This one-of-a-kind hand-embroidered bedspread set from Armughon Handicrafts of Tajikistan evokes the world of historic caravans along the Silk Road. Showcasing the Zerafshan Valley rosette pattern in the traditional suzani hand embroidery style, this set will light up your bedroom in truly unique style. Clicking on the "Visit Shop" button will take you to the HoonArts Fair Trade shop where you can purchase this item and see what other one-of-a-kind and small artist's edition treasures are currently in stock.
    $425.00 Sold By HoonArts Fair Trade
    $425.00

Comments (3)

  1. Sandy Kreyer 5 years ago

    As you can tell by my designs I LOVE flowers!

  2. Rita Summers 7 months ago

    Thanks Rachel; some gorgeous designs here! ! I designed these flower brooches in crochet, made from silk, alpaca or merino; great to wear on your lapel, scarf, hat or bag!
    https://gonerustic.com/products/silk-crochet-flower-brooch

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      Rachel 7 months ago

      I love how you can use them on so many things, Rita! And, the natural colors…

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