Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My final mandala

This is my final mandala for the 2007-08 BJP. I call it Spring is Blooming, and I wanted to capture the feeling that spring is on its way, that life and nature both have evolving cycles.

I wish the photo turned out clearer so you can see more detail, but try as I might I couldn't get a better shot. I enjoyed making this mandala a lot, first because it follows the flow of a true mandala, starting in the center and working out, and second because it feels light to me, like winter is lifting and hope is waiting.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Beading for a Cure Project

Here are images from my Beading for a Cure project. Each year a kit is put together through the All About Beads forum and participating members use that kit to make an item for auction. All profit goes to colorectal cancer research. I made a lariat this year, and added a pink felted ball to spruce things up (we're allowed to add one additional bead separate from the kit). So far, this has been a challenging project for me, first because you have to work with the colors in the kit, and second, you design the piece. The pleasure I get from knowing where the proceeds go and that some happy person will have this lariat are great.

You can knot the lariat...

Here are the felted beads...

A photo showing the components together...