I have always been fascinated by images within a circular design form, perhaps it is something to do with my textiles design training whereby we carried out exercises to create interesting fabric repeated patterns. A visit to Versailles palace instilled in me a love for baroque, stylized floral motifs and geometric forms, which were to be seen all over the decorative panels on doors, ceilings and furniture or furnishings. The powerful age of the sun king was so much in evidence- his personalized imaging on items such as the sun, the shield, the fleur de lys etc was skillfuly integrated into the decor. After sketching the designs much loved by Marie Antoinette, I was inspired to create a collection of certain elements of the designs within a circle., through the principal of a mandala. So many different design possibilites and numerous facettes could be placed within such a simple shape like a circle. The understanding of the schema makes you reflect and think of the metaphoric implications related to the creation of mandalas. What are they, what are their origines and where are to be seen and why they are used?
The mandala form is a primordial model which takes us to a point of infinity. Letting my imagination free as if I was taking a voyage from the centre, drawing concentric circles and then decorating them with the floral or leaf forms.
From the first mandala I embroidered over hologrammic paper, I was so excited to see how the embroidery came to life and shimmered with an energetic movement within the circle, especially when light was displaced over it.
The existence of a centre in which the essential elements rotate, is essential for all organisation to prosper- it is the fundamental structure in which nature herself gravitates from- the atom, cosmic particles, cells, in effect all is linked, since prehistoric times, man has remained fascinated by the circle: sun, the moon, and what is is the sky, even the zodiac is in a circle.It is the rhythm of life itself.
We live our lives in cycles and in circles. The circle is revered by man and nature. It is seen as an expression of spirituality, of harmony and infinite energy. It represents a voyage to the centre. My veneration for the mandalas is to me like a transendental experience and motivates me to experience its connective force to seek internal peace and harmony.