The life work of artist Lahrinda Eileen is well summed up in her blog tagline “The Music of Spirit Sings in Beauty, Color, Symbols, Geometry and Light.” It is clear that her studies in science, her fascination with energetic healing, and artistic explorations come together in amazing ways. She calls what she produces Symbalas.
Currently living in SeaTac, Washington, Lahrinda actually began her studies in science, and only came into producing her mandala art in mid-life. She began creating her Symbalas on the computer after what she calls an epiphany in 1993, which lead her down the path of translating life energies into circular symbolic art.
The word “symbala” – a combination of the words symbol and mandala — brings together the essence of what she creates. In her own words a Symbala is “a mandala or magic form representing wholeness or unity. Each one is created from an intuitive integration of Symbols, Golden Proportion Geometry, Numbers and Color inspired by the energies of an individual, an event, a concept or an attuning intention.”
Lahrinda’s work can have many different purposes: as commissioned works for individual and personal use, or for anyone as “focusing tools for therapy, contemplation and beautification.” They are all about shifting perception, what she says is the catalyst behind belief and therefore what we create in our life.
She has a series of Life Symbalas created specifically for Divination, inspired by Cards of Your Destiny: What Your Birthday Reveals About You & Your Past, Present & Future by Robert Camp. She has been inspired by many sources, another notable one being the work of Dr. Masuru Emoto, the well known author of The Hidden Messages in Water.
You know me, I love to search the blog sphere and find more artists using mandalas as a medium to express themselves. Here are some more favorites. Enjoy!
Dave Hunter is quickly working his way up the ranks of the psychedelic poster scene on the west coast. His new art print, “Sacred Mandala One”, is a 22″ x 28″ ten color screenprint, has an edition of 36, and is $80. …
This week we were asked to design something other than a card, with one of the Mandala digi stamps. I was assigned to my favorite Mandala digi that Elizabeth has in her store, it is called Eternal Flight. I swear that she must have ESP …
The Daily Mandala: December 17, 2009. Waking up, looking up, I see the light, love, joy breaking through. The message is clear. It’s a gift from the heart. Open it. The Daily Mandala: December 17, 2009. Posted by SusanGail at 9:12 PM …
Mandala’s in Space. December 18, 2009 in Carol Hayward. Carol Hayward. Mandala’s in Space. Milky pens on black card. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated). Earthweek Mandala at Brown School · A Mandala for Monday …
During the process of creating this mandala, I started to think about my mother. She was a woman who loved all things elegant, and I learned a lot about that quality from her. It shows up all over the place in my art, in my choices of …
After a simple search for [Mandala] on my external hard drive I was surprised to see how many of these things I’ve painted over the past ten years. More than 60 of them in various sizes, vocabularies, and techniques. …
As I surf the web, watch the news and experiment with my own mandala making, I am amazed at the amazing variety of ways and mediums through which people make mandalas. Here is just a sample of some artists who use different materials for creating them.
Previously I featured Virginia Fleck, who makes large mandalas out of recycled plastic bags. Check out that post here.
This guy, artist Rob Pettit made mandalas from old cell phones– this one consists of 5,000 cellphones destined for the landfill.
I stumbled on the information about him originally on an interesting blog called Digital Dieties. It appears to be a blog about mandalas made by all sorts of artists all over the world wo make them out of all kinds of funky materials – scissors, food, wire, you name it. There are many images there, be sure to check it out.
Christine Claringbold makes eye-popping mandalas from recycled records, and shapes them into bowls, clocks and many other items. I guess there is a reason her blog is called Eye Pop Art, go take a look.
Continually surfing the web, I know I will come up with many more. Do you know any artists who make mandalas in interesting ways, or with unusual materials? Let me know, I would love to feature them on a future post.
Even if coloring between the lines is as creative as you want to get in mandala making, gazing on the gorgeous creations of the varied mandala artists out there is always inspirational. And you never know, the crafter in you may just find another way to express your mandala-loving heart!
Once in awhile I come across an artist that I simply must rave about. It goes beyond someone’s artwork inspiring me, beyond appreciation for talent, and into the realm of sensing the deep and profound spiritual “ring” that I hear when viewing their work.
I speak now of David Wietzman, the creative designer behind KA Gold Jewelry. My son and I spent an hour last night drooling over the bountiful photographs of his gold and silver designs (with my son constantly saying over each item, “I want that, can I have that?” — and he’s 10). What is so impressive to me, beyond the sheer beauty of the designs and obvious quality of construction, is the depth of knowledge that has been cultivated by the artist over the years. Each design is the embodiment, in precious metal, of sacred symbols from spiritual tradition. Having been a long time student of multiple spiritual traditions, symbolism and Phoenician-based scripts (Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, etc), I can truly say he has done his homework. And beyond that he has blessed each piece with his rich energy and created valuable works of art.
A statement from his website: “[David has] devoted his life to seeking the greater truths from the world’s religions and cultures by studying the fields of Kabbalah, Judaism, Buddhism, eastern spirituality and ancient wisdom…. He understands that sacred geometry and spiritual symbols from around the world tie everything in life together. …..When David achieves a new understanding of a symbol, he shares it with the world through his jewels to empower the wearer and share his knowledge and greater truths.”
I share with you here some of my (and my son’s) favorite pieces, but you really must go look for yourself. Even if you aren’t in the market for jewelry, go look for your own inspiration, and be fed by his special energy. It is artists like David Weitzman who can help empower us all.
“David’s work transcends cultural, religious, and even language barriers……..David’s jewels aim to unite people in a world that often seeks to divide them. People everywhere share values such as health, love, and a connection with something greater than themselves. David’s designs are meant to inspire the wearers to bring that fulfillment to their lives.”
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I recently found a great article at Green Muze about an artist who creates mandalas from plastic bags.
Born in New York City in 1960, Virginia Fleck began making artwork as a child. She studied at Portland School of Art and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The artist now lives and works in Austin, Texas.
Her work has been exhibited at Art Forum Berlin, Pulse Miami, Pulse New York, and Arte Fiera in Bologna, Italy. Fleck receives commissions for both temporary and permanent public art projects throughout the United States, and her work appears in many public and private collections.
Intricately crafted, large scale works reminiscent of quilt making, each mandala is construct with discarded plastic bags that have been carefully cut and taped piece by piece into the design . “The cutting can get very sophisticated. I use many quilt making tools such as rotary cutters, shaped cutting templates, and circle cutters. I also use a beam compass for drawing large circles, various Exacto knives and a reducing glass (the opposite of a magnifying glass) for viewing and assessing the large highly patterned mandalas while they are in progress.” says Fleck.
Fleck’s mandalas are as layered with meaning as they are with color and material. The resulting works, each crafted from thousands of used plastic bags featuring familiar logos and slogans, can be both funny and unsettling. In contrast to the traditional Tibetan sand mandala’s impermanence, Fleck’s mandalas are created from non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags. Her work makes an interesting commentary on ecological awareness at the same time it divulges the concealed beauty of the materials we nonchalantly dispose of everyday.
When asked how long it takes to create one of her mandalas, Fleck says, “It could take as little as 2 weeks but sometimes it takes 2 months depending on the complexity. I usually have 3 or 4 mandalas under construction at once. This way when I get to a stopping point with one piece I can just move on to another. I like to keep working.”
Read the full article at: Green Muze
Artists website: Virginia Fleck