Power Flowers is an online poster shop featuring illustrations of movements large or small using flowers or their symbol to further their vision or mission. These floral illustrations illuminate various activists and symbolic flowers starting with the Pansy, White Rose, and Hibiscus. We offer six posters at present, featuring two versions of two of these 'flower movements'.
Each floral art poster gives 20% percent to the charity furthering the mission the flower represents.
Featuring the man whose act of symbolism helped embolden the burgeoning flower power movement of the 1960s, George Harris became HIBISCUS, founder of the infamous San Francisco drag troupe the Cockettes. At a protest against the Vietnam war at the US Capitol in 1967 his action putting a flower in the barrel of a gun was captured by photographer Bernie Boston, becoming an iconic image seen around the world. He performed with the Cockettes in San Francisco and New York before his death from Aids in 1982. 20% of proceeds of this poster goes to Gays Against Guns.
The drawing of Hibiscus is by Cat Willett, a Brooklyn-based artist holding her MFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Illustration. She works digitally and traditionally, and her drawings depict plant life and strong female figures, deeply rooted in history with a bit of whimsy. Her illustration work has been featured by Apple, Madison Square Garden, Doc Martens, the Museum of Arts and Design, and more.
"Working on the illustration of Hibiscus for this project was a privilege. Not only was I inspired by the story of the person behind such an iconic photo, but I also loved creating a piece to invoke all of the color and passion he embodied."
The PANSY PROJECT is a powerful initiative by artist Paul Harfleet in the UK. Paul started the project to draw attention to homophobic attacks in England. He planted a pansy where an anti-gay attack occurred, physical or by insult, then photographed the flower documenting the location on his website.
The project has grown internationally and Paul is currently also painting pansies. His work has been featured and discussed at a number of festivals and schools. Pansies have been planted at embassies of countries espousing homophobic terror. This act of healing beauty has sprouted conversations ~ an opportunity to talk not only about homophobia in society, its history, reasons and effect ~ but about prejudice, values, gender and bullying. 20% of proceeds from the PP posters go to the organization which you can learn more about here.
The two interpretations of this flower project are by artist Daria Turkina - a Russian illustrator settled in Germany.
"I'm a self-taught artist from Russia. I draw inspiration from people and their stories and believe that beauty cannot be limited to standards. When I found out about the Pansy Project, I couldn’t help but make a small contribution to the movement. All the sadness and pain that I feel towards the subject resulted in the illustration that you can see; it is as simple and delicate as a fragile pansy reminding us to be kinder and more understanding towards those who are different from us."
The Nazi resistor SOPHIE SCHOLL was one of the leaders of the White Rose resistance. The white rose had several meanings for Sophie and her brother Hans, one of them being it was the name of a popular novel at the time about a Mexican battling U.S. corporations, an interesting social justice connection across continents and eras. Sophie and Hans and other members of the White Rose distributed pamphlets calling on the greater history and integrity of the German people to sabotage the Nazis. There has been a number of books and a film on her short life. Executed at 21, her last words were: 'What does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?'
2021 is actually the one hundredth anniversary of Sophie Scholl's birth. For this reason 25% of the proceeds of each White Rose poster will go to the White Rose Foundation in Munich. You can learn more about them here.
This floral interpretation of Sophie Scholl is by Baltimore artist and musician Alex Fine, an American illustrator with a focus on editorial, book publishing and advertorial art.
"My motivation to create this portrait of Sophie Scholl was to emphasize the importance of the white rose as a symbol of resistance during a time of authoritarian rule. The power of this particular symbol to create a common, unifying bond in the fight for good."
A striking Hibiscus flower actually named the FREEDOM Rose of Sharon was one of the symbols used in the Underground Railroad to indicate a 'safe house' for those along the treacherous journey of homes, churches and communities helping to bring U.S. Southern slaves to Northern safety and freedom in the mid-19th century.
A number of museums document the Underground Railroad including the Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum in North Carolina, USA. The flower is still a popular plant grown throughout the United States today. 20% of proceeds of this flower poster go to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund working to successfully preserve significant African American history.
The two drawings of this symbolic flower are by German illustrator Dominik Schwäger.
"I'm an illustrator and comic artist from a small German town nobody has ever heard of, now living and working in Berlin. My two big passions are telling stories through my art and pizza. I usually look at flowers as a cheezy cliché, so I was very glad to have worked on this project as it taught me again to look behind the surface of everyday things for where there might be a strong and important story to be told."