Calendarium Florae 2021 by Taller Silvestre
Alina and Verónica from Taller Silvestre never cease to amaze us. This time, they have done so with this beautiful calendar, which they have called Calendarium Florae 2021.
“A blank calendar, full of hope, and with the desire to continue investigating our connection to nature, to continue creating personal landscapes that make complete sense to each person.”
In order to carry it out, they have sought inspiration in the work of the father of Botany, the Swedish scientist Carl von Linneo (Rashult, 1707), that developed the nomenclature for classifying and organizing animals and plants.
“Among its numerous projects, there is one that captivated us, his Calendarium Florae (1756).”
To produce it, Linneo studied in detail the behaviour of a collection of plants in the botanical gardens of Uppsala over time, a place he adopted as his “field of observation”. The result of his analytical process was a calendar based on flowers, the progress of which resulted in a name for each month: Glacialus, Regelationis, Germinationis, Frondescentiae, Florescentiaem Grossificationis, Maturationis, Messis, Exolationis, Defoliationis, Congelationis and Brumalis. As if this wasn’t enough, Linneo linked each of these months to a series of key words: egg, beginning, colourless, embryo, white, relive, child, pale… That’s why, following this discovery, they decided to recover and interpret this beautiful proposal by Linneo.
“The result is a calendar that invites you to practice observation and projection of landscapes starting from your personal experience in the field, in the city.”
The details are what we find the most fascinating. You can spend time studying them and continue to be surprised time and again with details you had not noticed before. That’s where their charm lies.
The Florae Calendar 2021 by the Taller Silvestre is printed at Elena & Manolo’s printers in Madrid, on 300g Shiro Alga Carta paper, a paper that was developed as a way to use the harmful flowerings of algae from the Venetian Lagoon, contributing to solve the abnormal proliferation of algae that occurred at the end of every summer at said lagoon, and that absorbed the oxygen from the water damaging its ecosystem. As a result of in-depth studies, in 1992 Favini managed to create high-quality paper that contained algae as a partial replacement for cellulose. This allowed a reduction in demand for forest sourced cellulose and contributed to stabilize the lagoon’s ecosystem. Nowadays, the action has been extended to other threatened marine areas. Additionally, the wood has been cut by the Domingo carpentry in Baños de Río Tobía, La Rioja. It is available in two finishes. Natural and walnut finishes, that they personally dye and wax with walnut ink and natural wax.
(*) Photos: Sara Costa