History tells us that in Medieval times, florilegia was a compilation of plant and flower paintings, done by botanical illustrators. They were created not only to portray collections of rare and exotic plants from within a particular garden or place, but may also contain information about plant properties that can be used for medicinal purposes. Eventually it has come to mean a collection of poetry, essays, paintings, and musical compositions – a vehicle of transmission for art.
Art, much like nature, never stops giving. It provides just as much healing as it gives enjoyment. This year, we put together this issue in celebration of the art that keeps the human spirit going. There are many things that can be lost as a consequence of life: from fires, to drought, to long, cold nights. But it is through these adversities that the soul experiences a kind of rekindling – the kind that acknowledges that while there can be loss, there is always renewal. While there is destruction, there is creation. Despite (and even because of) difficulties, there is always a chance to flourish.
Each of us holds for safekeeping our own type of blossoming, and we are more than thrilled to share with you a gathering of the many pieces that have emerged from different people both in and out of the College of Law. These works are an embodiment of new life, of bright wonder, of beauty that comes with healing. We hope it leads you to a kind of metamorphosis that ushers in a promise of hope, and a significantly sweeter spring.
The Literary Folio Team 2015-2016
UP Portia Sorority