As a creative soul, I battle to settle down doing repetitive work. I regularly need to change direction to maintain and feed my passion for fibre and thread. I often explore in a series, but when I'm done with that, I need to move to the next challenge. I might combine elements of a previous series with a new element which can take a simple idea much further. This creates much excitement.
Some time ago I saw a TV clip about an Afrikaans singer/songwriter Lise Beekman who lost her partner under very sad circumstances. At the time, she was so overcome with grief that she could not make music.... She found herself doodling on paper and the result was the most beautiful mandalas created with inks, crayons etc. I was enthralled by the beauty of her creations and immediately saw the endless possibilities by creating mandalas in fabric... As I really love symmetry and playing with my geometry tools, I was ready for this new challenge and took out pencil, eraser, paper, compass, protractor, paper scissors and a long ruler. It reminded me so much of the beginning of my quilting career when I designed traditional quilts for my students - it was as if the process was completed in a way, full circle!
A month ago I started doodling a mandala in my drawing book and have done a few drawings since... I paged through this book today and was amazed at how many of the sketched ideas in my book actually became pieces...
Any way, I was invited to make an A3 quilt for a fundraising auction. I designed a small mandala, quite simple but set on a background of small embroidered squares. It almost gives the feeling that it was floating on the background. Cotton fabric and mostly variegated threads were used - all the coloured fabrics used for the mandala was repeated in the binding. All the motifs were secured with the raw edge applique technique and the edge around the mandala was sealed by couching a commercial cotton thread.