amazing mandalas–so much like a quilt

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amazing mandalas–so much like a quilt

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
This is an amazing video of an artist using a few tools, and magic markers to make a spectacular mandala on a wall. It is so much akin to the medallion quilts which often win the big prizes at national quilt shows, or those Judy Niemeyer quilts for the totally patient and ambitious quilters!  Click here. The math student and teacher in me remembers back to learning and eventually teaching compass “constuctions” in geometry class. Most students either loved or hated them-nothing in between. If you’re old enough to remember learning that in math, where did you fit in? Working with a compass and ruler–Loved it or Hated it?

Here’s a clip from an artist who makes her mandalas in the sand on a beach. Deliberately makes them impermanent to be washed away by the tide. Click here. Perhaps some of you will remember a few postings a year or two back of “quilt” or mandala designs which were made in the snow by an artist on snow shoes. Also deliberately impermanent. I don’t know that I could make such large intricate designs to share, knowing that they would be gone before long. How about you?

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  1. Loretta Cadwallader says:

    I’m with you, Mary Ellen. That is a lot of work just to be washed away. Beautiful, though.

  2. Lori Racle says:

    Very intricate work! Remind me os stamps I have.

  3. Sharon says:

    They are also very relaxing to draw it’s very zen

    • Mary Ellen says:

      Hi Sharon, I agree-relaxing to draw. But I like to keep my drawings, can’t imagine spending all that time knowing they’ll be gone with the tide!

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