The Queer Language of Flowers is now available on Etsy!
What was up with Oscar Wilde and green carnations? How can you tell someone you’ve got a Sapphic crush on them? Before there was 1-800-Flowers’s “say it with flowers” campaign, there were flower dictionaries that explained how to send messages to friends and lovers with flowers. While 19th century flower dictionaries focus on heteronormative romance, floriography—and sending coded messages—is hella queer. Queer-coding (in the sense of LGBTQIA+ folks sending secret messages to each other on purpose) ensures our survival but also can be a source of resilience and even joy.
The zine covers 16 flowers, including different colors of flowers, and two floral arrangements, as well as 16 illustrations and a place for you to add your own flowers. The Queer Language of Flowers is our most ambitious work to date and has a little something for everyone: detailed botanical drawings, history lessons with citations and sources so you can read more, an aesthetic risograph cover, suggestions on how to use the flowers to send messages, and even a love story woven into the text.
– Risograph printed by Paper Press Punch in Seattle, WA.
– 8.5 x 5.5 inches.
Buy it on Etsy as well as through our distributors Emerald Comics Distro (mostly Seattle/Tacoma comic shops) and Microcosm Publishing (Portland OR), and through our printer Paper Press Punch at select events. Use the hashtag #queerlanguageofflowerszine on social media (especially Twitter and Instagram) if you post about the zine! (For any review purposes, both Robin and I use they/them pronouns and are bisexual.)