What’s a Spiromandala?
January 1, 2010
A mandala (MUN-duh-luh) is a work of art used to focus meditation. Mandalas come from Eastern religious traditions — Buddhism, Hinduism — and the word itself is from the ancient Sanskrit language.
Mandala designs are often circular, and can be quite intricate. They can be made in any medium and can contain any elements that the creator feels inspired to include. Creating a mandala is considered by many people to be a form of worship. In one tradition of mandala-making, Buddhist monks create delicate designs in colored sand and, at the end of the day, simply sweep them away. What makes a mandala design special is that it carries some form of spiritual significance to the maker and also, perhaps, to the viewer.
The quilts on this blog and in my book Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts are called spiral mandala quilts for several reasons: one spiritual and others practical.
The spiritual reason for including mandala in the name is that the idea for spiral mandala quilts came to me one day while I was sitting in church looking at the round stained-glass rose window. Because of this, these quilts can carry a certain spiritual and meditative significance for me.
The practical reason for including mandala in the name is that although these designs can look kaleidoscopic, I do not want them to be confused with Paula Nadelstern’s kaleidoscope quilts.
Finally, the reason for including spiral in the name is that these quilt designs use a simple spiral quilt block (similar to a Twisted Log Cabin block) as the basic element. You’ll be surprised at how easy spiral mandala quilts really are, once you see how they break down into individual blocks.
I hope you find your visit here inspiring — creatively and spiritually. If you would like to learn more, click on the link at right to purchase the book.