Floral Mandalas

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Ann Grasso Pattern Art introduces guest blogger, Anne Smyers.

Introducing you to Anne Smyers is a pleasure. I know her through her art, which preceded other forms of awareness. Her use of fabric patterns, although often repetitive in form, initially engages in the way a floral bouquet arrests our attention. However, if we stop to look further, we are rewarded by seeing and learning more.

And now the page is hers.


 

A mandala is a symbol from Eastern religion used ritually to represent the universe. This is how mandalas have been known historically.

Ann Grasso Pattern Art, Anne Smyers, Floral Mandalas

A contemporary understanding is more general. Today a mandala is more generally known as a (usually circular) design representing the cosmos; the microcosm representing the macrocosm. We are seeing them everywhere in coloring books right now.

A flower is the mature expression of a plant, often beautiful, designed to attract pollinators for the purpose of reproduction.

Ann Grasso Pattern Art, Anne Smyers, Floral Mandalas

Long a practitioner of Eastern spiritual practices, and long a gardener, lately my work has merged the two: mandalas and flowers. I call them floral mandalas. All the components of the mandalas are flowers or leaves cut from commercial fabrics. I like the idea of the flowers representing the components of the universe – as if all of creation is blooming into existence, moment by moment.

Ann Grasso Pattern Art, Anne Smyers, Floral Mandalas
Ann Grasso Pattern Art, Anne Smyers, Floral Mandalas
Ann Grasso Pattern Art, Anne Smyers, Floral Mandalas

Anne Smyers

https://annesmyers.com/

 

 

 

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  • patsy monk
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    These are beautiful!
    Fussy cutting fabric was a favorite way to create kaleidoscopic pieces.
    Thanks for sharing your work!!

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      Ann Grasso
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      Thanks patsy. Hope you hope over to Anne’s site to see more of her wonderful work.

  • Rose
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    Wonderful images! I love. them. The orange one speaks to me directly. Fun to see a new way of making mandalas.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Rose, your mandalas are also beautiful. We each bring our unique qualities to our creative work.

  • Pat Mathes
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    Absolutely stunning work!

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      Ann Grasso
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      Yes Pat. It is our good fortune to see the creativity of others. Hope you take the opportunity to visit her website too.

  • Holly Williams
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    The best of both worlds! These are beautiful, and very inspirational!

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      Ann Grasso
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      I agree with you Holly, and hope you had a chance to look at Anne’s website, too.

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