You know I have an absolute passion for Mandalas. Their form, their shape the potential they hold. The ability they have to make one relax, explore stepping out of your comfort zone and simply allowing one to enter into a dream like state.
Mandalas are magical they have popped up in my life in many forms, crochet being one of them. Anneke Wiese as you know is one of my favourite mandala crafters. Below are only a few examples of her beautiful pieces of art.
Looking beyond crochet you will find that mandalas have popped up in many wonderful adult colouring in books that have recently taken the world by storm. I found magic in the beauty of the work done by Lize Beekman. Her mandalas, are intricate, passionate and full of energy. And I could not resist chatting to Lize about how she discovered mandalas.
What inspires you?
Mandala art entered my life at a time when I was traumatised and overwhelmed with grief after the loss of my soul mate. I started drawing mandalas intuitively, as I had no prior knowledge of mandalas – I did not even know the word ‘mandala’. I was already drawing mandalas for 6 months before someone made me aware of what I was drawing and what it’s called. For a long time the ‘inspiration’ to make the drawings was simply because it calmed me and I noticed when I was drawing I was able to take deeper breaths, since my breathing was very shallow during that time. Over time the ‘inspiration’ to continue drawing was that it helped me to focus. I could focus on one thought and deal with it, instead of drowning in continuous scattered thoughts. This grew into the inspiration becoming the ability to quiet my mind while drawing and just being present in the moment – something that in time flowed over into my daily life even when I’m not drawing or painting. I’ve been creating mandalas for 3 years now, and the inspiration is sometimes simply the ink, paint, paper and canvas and the joy of creating. It is now a pouring out of life-experiences through various mediums – almost like a visual journal.
When did you start with your mandala art and who taught you?
The mandalas ‘showed up’ in August 2012. As mentioned in the above answer, it started intuitively since I had no knowledge of this art form’s existence prior to that. The use and feel of various mediums I discovered and learned by simply using it.
Tell me about your product / service / concept
From the artworks other things came about – it was like it took on a life of its own. It is like there is something bigger unfolding and I’m merely a participant in this beautiful journey. At first people going through pain, loss, trauma – faced with various challenges – started asking me for advice and guidance about drawing mandalas. Not everyone was comfortable with drawing though, and more and more people started asking me to draw mandalas that they could colour in. The need for this became so frequent that I decided to make the COLOURING FOR ADULTS – MANDALA ART BY LIZE BEEKMAN Colouring Book. In other words I merely answered a multitude of requests. This evolved even further when people started asking me to present what we now call “Mandala Mornings” or “Mandala Experiences”. This consists of gatherings where I share my story, share some interesting facts about mandalas and then there is also a practical session where I give guidance.
What do you think will be the next big thing in the world of craft?
I have no idea. Since my awareness expanded with the knowledge of mandalas I notice it everywhere. In architecture, on fabrics, included in a variation of crafts, and I became especially aware of it in nature. What the next thing will be in something that has been there since the dawn of creation, I do not know and can’t possibly know, but I do know that I stand in amazement and wonder witnessing the creativity that flows through human beings and manifests into form. It is a beautiful thing!
Who on the international craft scene do you admire most and why?
In all honesty, I do not have the knowledge of this field to even have a ‘specific opinion’ about a craftsmen and/or artist. I merely enjoy witnessing any form of creativity flowing from the mind and hands of someone and taking shape into something that can be seen, touched, experienced and even used by others. How much we like the form that that creativity took on merely comes down to personal taste. Even if something doesn’t speak to my personal taste, I will still admire all creativity coming into form.
Where can our readers find you (Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Blog address etc?)
What is your favorite blog and magazine and why?
I don’t enjoy spending too much time on a computer, so I don’t follow any blogs. I buy only one magazine and I love it! It is the HOME Magazine (“TUIS” in Afrikaans). I love to see how people make their living spaces beautiful and the creative ways in which they do it. I find it inspiring and it makes me smile!
I enjoy witnessing all and any form of creativity. Both my brother and my sister are great photographers and I admire when they manage to take a photo and it captures more than just an image…it also captures the experience and the emotions…the soul of the moment. My mother is wonderful with knitting and I have great admiration for that as well, especially since I have absolutely no talent in that field ☺.
If you had more time on your hands what would you do?
Though I don’t experience my days anymore as ‘too little time’, in a manner of speaking if my days were longer I would simply do more of what I’m already doing, for I enjoy what I’m doing. I make drawings, I paint, I enjoy being creative with my living space, I do house chores, I do the admin and make packages of the colouring book and mail them to people with the hope that it will bring peace and joy where it’s going, I read, I take walks and enjoy nature, and I spend time with people I love.
Have you bought something online and if so what?
I have, yes. I mostly buy books and music online. I have also bought handmade natural soap online. Recently I also bought a chair online that is good for my posture when I sit and draw or paint.
Would you buy a pattern, or the whole kit online?
No, I’ve never done that before and don’t imagine that I will, simply because it’s not relevant to what I do.
What is your favourite store and why
I enjoy browsing through any craft store or market – just seeing all the things that people create makes me smile. I enjoy stores that sell the materials for arts and crafts even more! I can get lost for hours taking in all the materials that are available with which to create. Even a hardware store is a great joy!
Here are some exciting events to be aware of:
The next Lize Beekman ART exhibition is happening on 20 Nov – 15 Dec 2015 at the Pretoria Kunsvereniging
To buy the book in Lize’s online shop…
See the list of shops selling her book…
Lize’s blog post about what mediums to try…
One lucky reader will get a free signed book – ‘Colouring for Adults’ (10 Mandalas to colour) from Lize with a personalized message. All you need to do is tell us what you would like Lize to write in the book and provide us with your email address. Email the information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And so that’s me I’m going to slip behind my desk and grab my colouring pens and dive straight into creating my own mandala artwork! Why don’t you do the same!
Blessed to be surrounded by so much magic in my life!