24 Hour Flowers
Inside of an old, rusty clock thrive 8 species of flowers that all have one thing in common: their blooms only last for one day! Prepare for a journey full of new botanical knowledge and breathtaking illustrations. As you explore four families of fascinating yet fleeting flora growing thick through the clock gears of this 12-sided book, you will learn new facts about each one, what makes them the same, and what makes them different.
24 Hour Flowers is a celebration of fleeting flora, but it also functions as an educational tool to learn about plant taxonomy, or how plants are arranged into families. First, the book divides bilaterally into monocotyldons on the left and dicotyldons on the right-- the most basic distinction in classifying plants. These two sections are each sub-divided into two families, a garden grows amongst clock gears, and within each family two species are featured for a total of 8 blooms growing from the center of the book. The interactive design of the book also makes it fun to read as a group. Share it with your friends and family and you can take turns reading as you explore the wonderful world of flowers.
Illustration, BFA 2014
Matthew Holbein and Emily Brooks founded The Foliage Library in 2014. Their goal is to promote environmental and botanical education through illustrated geometric folding books with forms that relate conceptually to their content. In addition to this, the very structures of their books present a learning opportunity as they incorporate a great deal of geometry and mathematical thought. The books incorporate elements of art, geometry, engineering, and environmentalism and can help awaken interests in these topics in both children and adults.