Anyone who’s ever gazed at a multi-colored sunset, or admired the intricate design of a seashell knows that Mother Nature is the ultimate artist. The color, texture, and patterns found in the natural world are unparalleled in their beauty and detail. Kathy Klein is an artist who has seen this glory and seeks to replicate it in her own work.
As a devout lover of plants, animals, people and the divine presence within all, Klein uses natural materials–flowers, pine cones, seashells, rocks, and seeds–to create a special type of mandala. Klein’s most recently released collection of flower mandalas is particularly vibrant….all I could think while browsing is was, “Yes! Spring WILL come again!”
Scroll through the gallery below to put a little Spring into your step!
The word “mandala” comes from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Although it basically means “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. “…the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community, “explains the Mandala Project. “It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.”
Klein calls her floral creations “danmalas.” In vedic sanskrit dān means “the giver” and mālā means “garland of flowers.” Combined, the term means “the giving of flower circles.” She creates the danmalas by first centering herself in a meditative devotional space. Next she gathers flowers and natural objects while her mind is kept in mantra, resting in the immaterial.
Klein says her inspiration “is given from the golden sound residing within perfect silence. They are reflections of the inexpressible, a gesture which points towards life’s abundance, an unspoken verse of Love.”
In most cases, the danmalas are created in an outdoor space near Klein’s home–a field, the edge of a brook, a paved pathway in the park. They are created in nature, and in nature they remain: each piece is photographed and then left to be discovered by others. However, if you’d like a danmala of your own to enjoy every day, Klein now offers greeting cards (printed on 100 percent recycled paper with a 100% recycled envelope) and a 2014 calendar, in addition to single prints.
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