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"Half-forgotten flowers": Constance Spry and the Modern Interior


"Half-forgotten flowers": Constance Spry and the Modern Interior

Ostrowski, Owen (2022) "Half-forgotten flowers": Constance Spry and the Modern Interior. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis explores the practice of London-based florist Constance Spry (1886–1960), focusing on her interaction with the emerging field of interior decoration. I outline the historical context of flower arrangement in Britain to establish the cultural role of flowers in domestic spaces. Focusing on the 1930s, I put Spry’s popularization of all-white flower arrangements in conversation with white as a modernist cornerstone, in order to interrogate its associations in this period with newness, cleanliness and health. I follow scholars of Sapphic Modernity, queer history, and queer theory in my analysis, which foregrounds themes of nostalgia and temporal dissonance to suggest that Spry’s work has a multi-temporal quality which pertains to a queer experience of modernity. I contest the gendered divisions between art, design, decoration, and floristry in situating Spry as a unique individual in these histories.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Ostrowski, Owen
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:April 2022
Thesis Supervisor(s):Potvin, John
ID Code:990522
Deposited By: Owen Ostrowski
Deposited On:21 Jun 2023 14:24
Last Modified:21 Jun 2023 14:24
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