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MANDALAS, and Artists Who Use Them

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MANDALAS
Mandala
In Sanskrit (ancient language), literally translates to circle.
Can represent the universe and our place within it.
Mandalas in Nature
How are Mandalas made?
Inspiration for your own Mandalas!!
Mandala: brief history
A Mandala is a drawing, usually in the form of a circle or polygon, that is often used as a tool for reflection and centering.
Religious or sacred mandalas in India seem to have their origins in Buddhism and Hinduism.
Mandalas are made out of sand, and other mediums, such as paint, chalk, stones, collage materials, etc.
How Mandalas are used today
Mandalas are used as a healing tool in hospitals, support groups, art gatherings, retreats, etc...

For spiritual and intellectual balance and well-being. A great exercise for color, design, pattern, and shape.
...are all around us!
Sand Mandalas
Throughout its creation, the monks pour millions of grains of sand from traditional metal funnels called chakpur. The finished Mandala is approximately five feet by five feet in size.
Mandalas from India
Mandalas are drawn outside of homes in India...
...and welcome guests...
...for blessing and protection...
Jamie Locke
A life long artist and maker in many mediums,
Jamie discovered a love for creating mandalas in 2007, inspired by the traditional Indian art form of mehndi. Starting with ink and paper,
her unique style has since then evolved to carving intricate mandala designs onto wood, metal, glass and stone. For Jamie, the process of creating a mandala is always one of inspired revelation, elemental surprise and pure bliss.
Justice Mandala
In spring of 2013, court-involved youth participated to complete a series of Tibetan mandalas for the exterior of the Brooklyn Detention Complex in Downtown Brooklyn.
During the design of the mandalas, they researched restorative justice: the act of seeking solutions that repair, reconcile, and rebuild relationships. They also visited the Rubin Museum to learn more about the art and art techniques of the Himalayas. Inspired by the artwork viewed, the young people returned to the studio to explore what they’d learned through a series of contemporary mandalas.

In this first mural, compassion and unity are promoted through the use of layered portraiture set in to a lotus flower design.
Carl J. Samson, Padme Resplendent with Naboo Mandala
24" x 20", Oil with 22 & 23K gold leaf background on rare 1930s era chestnut panel
Collection of George Lucas
“When I first saw images of Natalie Portman dressed in her burgundy cut velvet robe from Revenge of the Sith, I was at once taken with the possibility of juxtaposing her lovely profile and gown against the brilliance of gold leaf.
As Queen of Naboo and mother of Luke Skywalker, it occurred to me that from a modern perspective, visual and narrative parallels could be drawn between Padme Amidala and the great icon images of Byzantium and later historical periods.
Since I have also admired the visually pleasing combination of naturalism and decoratively incised gold leaf exhibited in many late 19th and early 20th century paintings, I chose to depict Padme in a similar way. Though, in place of the typical circular halo, I have incised the mandala, or orbital path, of her native planet, Naboo.” -- Carl J. Samson
Mandalas by illustrator/ artist
Abi Mustapha
When I was looking at a shell one day I counted all the tiny segments and realized there were exactly forty compartments. That made me think of how babies grow in utero, spin, change positions, and are born.
Amy Haderer-Swagman
The Mandala Journey started as a way to meditate, process emotions, and prepare for the birth of her third daughter Seren.
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