Friday, 16 March 2012

Mandala Collaboration - Art that Circles the Earth

This has been the most fun, collaborating with Shana Goetsch as part of her Art that Circles the Earth project.This was the very first piece that she sent me, wool glued to a circle of card.

I really wanted to give those colours a 'pop' so I dug out some bright blue painted card. But I'd also been thinking about prayer wheels and astrolabes so my next move was to cut out the middle and mount the circle so that it could move. Back it went to Shana . . . . .

Then just after Christmas I got this in the post. Gone was the blue card, a round of mosaic like pieces now backed the original circle. I love this process because each time what I got was something so different from my usual colours/style. Bloody brilliant, makes you think a little bit more.

Again I felt that the colours needed a little bit of a 'pop' so I bought a white gel pen and went round the edges and the middle. A bit of silver paint went on top of that to give it a bit of lustre and gold pen to work into the little mosaic pieces. I wanted to enhance them not lose them. Once I'd done that I thought about sticking the two circles together and losing the moveable element. It needed something more . . . . .

Oh yes, it had to be done! Turn that baby round and the eye follows you round the room! It made me laugh which is always a good sign in my book. So off that went to Shana, our collaboration now complete. I told her to let me know when she received it but I knew . . . . yesterday, a funny little bump sensation and she came quite clearly into my mind.

All the collaborative pieces will be in an Community Arts Thesis Exhibition from April 25th so if you are in the Baltimore area then go along and check it out. I so wish I could be there.
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  1. ugh, spelling, shana. i was just too excited to communicate my revelation!

  2. What a fun idea! It looks like you both enjoyed it tremendously, and the eyeball is the cherry on the sundae!


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