I’ve been on a mandala spree lately. At the end of June, the crochet world learned of the death of Wink (Marinke), the blogger at A Creative Being. She was an amazing artist, and created many mandala patterns. She also suffered from depression and took her own life at a very young age. Even though I only knew her through her blog, her death hit me hard, and many other crocheters and crochet bloggers as well. So, I’ve just been stitching up a bunch of mandalas. It just seemed the right thing to do.
A mandala is: “…from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds… An integrated structure organized around a unifying center.”
Below are four I’ve done and have put on a very blank wall in my office to brighten it up. Two, as you will notice, are square rather than round, but still fit the definition as above.
This one is the Lise square:
Below, Wink’s Spoke Mandala.
This is the Triple Puff:
The grouping on my office wall: