Hi Everyone! We hope you're enjoying summer as much as we are? We've just returned from a little sunny break with the kids and came back to the best of the best:
The Flower Constellations are in the house and they're looking good! Photographs of all Constellations will follow soon of course, we just didn't want to wait any longer to let you in on the good news.
Right before taking a break we finished the artwork for the packaging of all twelve star signs. It turned out to be a rather overwhelming project, with last minute adjustments made even from the campsite. We persevered and are very happy with the end result. - Find an overview here.
We've received word the packaging is being produced right about now, and should be on its way to our studio in a week. This means we can start fullfilling orders soon and are on track to ship all rewards before the end of this month.
Don't forget: Up until August 26th we've got a Flower Constellation Earlybird discount deal going on in our webshop. - only a little more than a week to go!
element: water ruling planet: neptune colors: sea green, silver birthstone: amethyst houseplant: peace lily birthflowers: water lily, lilac, lily, popp
Last but not least comes the Pisces, or should i say 'come' the Pisces. My apologies if i'm getting it wrong. Yesterday we were talking about the age of Aquarius (remember). It's believed by most astrologists we're currently in the 'Age of Pisces'. The age started around 1 AD, not coincidentally around the birth of Jesus Christ. It's the age of religion, of faith, believe and sacrifice, and it should be coming to an end within the next 130 or so years. Considering the current religious turmoil all over the planet: let's move to the next age sooner rather than later.
Anyway, back to the Pisces star sign. Pisces means 'fish', and the story goes, Aphrodite, goddess of love, and her son Eros turned themselves into Koi fish in order to escape Typhon, father of all monsters.
So now we've unveiled them all, it's about time to pinpoint you to this page that has all Flower Constellations in one neat overview. Like what you see? Click on the button to pre-order now!
Capricorn is the smallest and faintest constellation of the Zodiac, yet has one of the oldest mythical back stories. It was originally depicted as a sea-goat: half fish / half goat. Which is without a doubt the silliest combination of animals you could come up with (i mean, imagine the walking?! What would it eat?). That said: feel free to add even sillier combo's in the comments. Thinking about stuff like that is the best for people with vivid minds like me. Anyway, in Dutch, the translation of Capricorn is mountain goat, so that's what we went with for the packaging,
Using the more 'natural' approach gave us the opportunity to use a snowy mountain in the collage. Not only because it's wintery (the sign 'kicks off' right after winter solstice), but also because it represents the 'view from above' people born under Capricorn supposedly have: resulting in great management skills as well as sometimes coming across as condescending. Remember: that's just what the astrologers say, don't blame the messenger.
element: fire ruling planet: jupiter colors: purple, scarlet, blue birthstone: topaz houseplant: monstera deliciosa birthflowers: thistle, carnation, peony, dandelion
Sagittarius: the archer. The ancient Greeks modeled the sign after centaur Chiron, a master archer, and mentor of Achilles in the era of the Trojan Wars. You might know the kind: wise and etherial, one with nature, yet untamed and violent when provoked. Centaurs in books and movies pretty much always follow that character (Hello J.K. Rowling / I see you C.S. Lewis). They're also usually very skilled archers, yet can be set in their way and difficult to live with.
Would the supposed character traits be similar to those projected on the mythological centaur? Well.. Not really.
According to astrologers, people born under the constellation Sagittarius are considered philosophical freedom seekers who love to travel and learn new things, but can be rather impatient and undiplomatic. Maybe a bit like the Chinese archer depicted on the packaging: a skilled traveler, roaming free in a foreign land. Talking about roaming free.. For this Flower Constellation we decided to not use the full set of stars, but chose about half of them to make the constellation a perfect fit for the brass base.
element: water ruling planet: Pluto (used to be Mars) colors: red, black birthstone: aquamarine houseplant: pitcher plant birthflowers: heather, honeysuckle, desert rose, geranium
The Scorpio: secretive, passionate, elusive, associated with tarot card 'Death' and a pack of not so very sweet totem animals including snake, phoenix and vulture. All in all a sign that's hard to warm up to. Even if it's your own. Which in this case it is. Luckily it's not all bad: We' are also supposedly resourceful and decisive, and will research until we find the truth. I'm guessing Pitbull might have been a good totem animal to add to the list.'
The Mythological backstory of the constellation has to do with the Scorpion that killed Orion, either sent by Greek deity Artemis because she didn´t like Orion, or by her brother Apollo because she liked him a bit too much. Lovely. - You should definitely check out mythological stories by the way, I'm pretty sure all modern day soap opera's are based on them.
element: air ruling planet: venus colors: pink, lightblue birthstone: peridot houseplant: tillandsia birthflowers: rose, bluebell, large daisy, hydrangea
Ah, libra, litteraly the most balanced of all Zodiac Signs. It has to be, it's depicted as the scales of lady justice. During this time of the year, night and day are in balance and so are the people born between September 24th and October 23rd. Supposedly. Honestly, i don't know that many balanced libra. But then again: i don't really know a lot of balanced people. Luckily. (boooring).
Anyway, this is one of the Flower Constellations i got to try out, and i love creating minimalistic set ups with the 4 holed brass tool. You don't need a lot of flowers for a wow-effect.
The Constellation Virgo has a lovely backstory: the star sign is named after the Ancient Greek mythological figure Astraea, the celestial virgin and goddess of innocence. The daughter of Astreus, god of dusk, and Eos, goddes of dawn, was believed to be the last immortal to leave humankind and ascended into the sky to form the constellation Virgo. Legend has it, Astraea will one day come back to the earth and bring with her a new utopian golden age. Well.... Bring it on! Beyonce is apparently a Virgo, maybe she can pull some strings.
Virgo are supposedly kind and demure, and love bright small flowers like daisies and buttercups. Seems all very sweet and angelic so far, right? Well, the totem animal for this constellation is a bear. So this sweet maiden might come with claws.
We're halfway! Virgo is the 6th sign, and the last one of Spring/Summer. Next up her sister with the scales Libra.