Artist Profile

 

MY STORY

Designing fabric mandalas is my passion. These mandalas grew out of an attempt to make a representation of a light grid as a visual reminder for my own meditation. Since I’m not much of a drawer, I wondered how to show the quality of light. By using color and varying textures of fabrics, ribbons and sequins I found a solution. Et voila! My first fabric mandala!

"Grid of Protection" - my first mandala!

“Grid of Protection” – my first mandala!

MY PROCESS

The mandalas are made using vintage and new fabrics, buttons, beads, ribbons, trims and other found objects collected on my travels over the years and repurposing them.  I use a variety of techniques, combining hand and machine stitching, appliqué, fusible web, fabric painting, beading, and embellishments.

Each mandala is made with an intention, i.e., healing, creativity, abundance or passion, or perhaps the memory of a place and a feeling associated with it. This affects the color and textures of the fabric I’m drawn to and the objects chosen as a focal point. The colors and textures have their own unique vibrations that resonate with the viewer in their own unique way. As in any creative process, the piece takes on a life of its own, and can lead me in surprising new directions.

MY HOPE

Being drawn to colorful things my whole life, (I’ve been called the “Queen of Color”), constantly doodling spirals, and having a fondness for buttons (from rummaging in my mother’s button drawer as a child), the richness and endless variety of the mandala has captured me. To me, they are reminders of our inner beauty and spirit.  My hope is that a particular mandala will remind the viewer of a part of themselves and it will make your “heart soar” as making them does mine.

With warm regards,

Photo of Artist

Nancy Leith
Kudos!
These are truly beautiful cards, dread parting with them, but I know they will be cherished by those who receive them…
Maxine Lennon
Be Inspired!
"Every artist was first an amateur."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Where there is great love there are always miracles."
-- Willa Cather
"To achieve the marvelous, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought."
-- Tom Robbins
"You don’t get a choice about whether you create your life. You only get a choice about whether you create a life you love."
-- Mary Morrissey
"Jump in boots and all, bite off more than you can chew, then chew like hell."
-- Natalie Ledwell
"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."
-- J.K. Rowling
"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon."
-- Michael Jordan
"Don't wait around for your life to happen to you. Find something that makes you happy and do it. Everything else is just background noise."
-- George Mason
"All the water in the world can't drown you unless it gets inside of you."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination."
-- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."
-- Albert Einstein
"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."
-- Franz Kafka
"…Simply be filled with the thought of good, and it will radiate — you do not have to bother about it, any more than you need trouble about your digestion."
-- Elbert Hubbard
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
-- Albert Einstein
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
-- Wayne Gretzky
"The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows."
-- Buddha
"Love with your mind, think with your heart."
-- Sai Maa
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all."
-- William Faulkner
"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
-- Lao Tzu
"...that the supernatural is the natural not yet understood."
-- Elbert Hubbard
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
-- Henry David Thoreau
"Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do, something you are, something you give away."
-- Robert Fulghum
"And now, here is my secret, a very simple secret: It's only at the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye."
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts."
-- Marcus Aurelius
"The power of imagination makes us infinite."
-- John Muir
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
-- Harriet Tubman
Latest Work
Wonders of the Sea