Saturday, December 12, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Circles can be found in many structures of life: the moon, the Earth’s orbit around the sun, a fruit, a flower, etc. A circle represents wholeness and unity, and therefore, is sacred in many cultures. The word “mandala” comes from the Indian language of Sanskrit, and loosely means “circle.” Here are a few examples of circles have spiritual or ritual significance:
- Tibetan monks and the Navajo create sand mandalas to demonstrate the impermanence of life.
- The creation of mandalas are often used for focusing attention and to aid in meditation.
- Labyrinths are a type of mandala used for “centering” in many cultures.
- The architecture of cathedrals, mosques, and stupas are also built around a center with domes or circular designs.
I’ve become very fascinated with Mandalas over the last several months. I’ve started using them with my students to help focus attention, meditate or reflect, and they are great for self-discovery! Coloring in a mandala pattern or creating your own has a calming effect, so it is great for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or even anxiety or people with Emotional Disorders, I believe. I have also tried creating my own mandalas during meetings to help me to pay attention better. Researchers have found that people who doodle during lectures (only when information is given orally!) are able to gain more information.
I also agree that mandalas can be great for self-discovery and as I start to create more I see them change over time. Carl Jung, a psychoanalyst, believed that the mandala represented the unconscious self. Many people believe that when a person draws a circle inside a square, it represents the self.
I cannot show any of my own pictures yet, because mandalas will be a theme in my Christmas presents this year! I hope to start creating some for my Etsy site very soon. However, here are some examples and some coloring pages you can print out to get you or your young friends started, until you are comfortable making your own.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
So, I set out to fix this problem and began documenting my delicious creations (and some not-so-delicious creations which didn't make the cut). When Usman was home and I was forced to take the picture with him in the kitchen, he would roll his eyes at me and ask whhhhyyy I have to take pictures of every single dish I make. He would also politely remind me that the food was getting cold. :)
Finally, I could stall no longer and had to put the book together with the recipes I had. I used Tastebook and found the site quite simple and the finished product is neat and visually pleasing. The only thing I didn't like about this site is that you cannot use your own photos for the cover or the tabs. You can add more recipes though, which I will definitely be doing in the near future, as a friend just recommended 101 Cookbooks to me and all of the recipes I have tried are FABULOUS!
Here are a few pages from the book...
Of course, I had to include a recipe for my special popcorn so Usman can make it when I'm not around!
I had to start getting creative with the pictures after taking so many!
...as well as creative directions for "serving"!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
All of the colors are natural (made from plant dyes) and it is all handmade. The symbols in many of these weavings are symbolic. The sun was very important to the incas, the condor was a symbol of spirituality, they used llamas or alpacas for food, clothes, instruments, etc.
If you would like to learn more about this organization (or perhaps learn to weave through their sustainable tourism initiative!) please visit the website above! They are also accepting gifts for children in the area, if you are visiting Machu Picchu soon.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Wrapped Trees - Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Reihen, Switzerland
Running Fence - Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, USA
The Pont Neuf Wrapped - Paris
Sunday, April 19, 2009
- If you work with children, or have kids, here are some ideas for art projects at KinderArt.Com.
- Eco-Artware.com is a cool website with neat, environmentally friendly gifts. Here are a few of my favorite....