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.
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.
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.