This is a Vajra Crown, my first effort, the crown is lightweight, made of mesh, flocked ribben, felt, ribbons, embroidery, tuille, organza, country solid with iron on letters.
There is no pattern for this. I made one from studying existing and ancient ones, I have only handled my tonsure master’s one only one time to help him store it in my shelves. It was a lot of work but next time I will make more of a easy care one rather than using flocked ribbon that can’t be washed or in the weather. This one is very portable. I use a small hatbox to store it.
An impromptu study of bodhisattva, due to ignorance of most Americans and Europeans of lack of understanding of monastics ordained in the Mahayana traditions receiving additional ordinations as Bodhisattvas and the fact that Theravada monks have been also recognized as compassionate bodhisattas (Pali), it’s not all based on history or ideals the aren’t unreachable in our modern times!
Even the quality is sketchy and a bit messy this little dharma lesson is well written and illustrates clearly that monastics alive today emulate the bodhisattva ideal in their daily life.
acryllic on unstretched muslin, this painting has seed beads sewn around the 3 symbols of water, earth, air and the additional cutlural inclusion of my favorite vegetable – corn showing my personal heritage as coming from Iowa; included is embroidery in chain stitch, it’s painted in gold in the background and sewn borders directly onto the painting itself, it has no lining in the back.
This is a lithograph with embellished marks in ink, marker, pencil including a new translation of the traditional Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum mantra of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
This was a lithograph that I added pen, pencil, marker, ink, gel ink, and used scratch pen to create this storyboard inspired theme, all of it relates to my struggle to fully unite mind, body and spirit in overcoming my tight legs since birth.
This was painted paper then cut into this shape, my main theme was expressions of meditation
Traditional Buddhist symbols in my first study of tangka painting, an independent study at Iowa State Unversity in 1989