Friendship circles

I have been thinking a bit about blogging, why it makes such a difference to the whole creative process, and how Lucy’s Mandala project symbolises it all for me.
You may remember my own mandala, packed up and sent to Lucy some time ago:
my mandala 1

You might not know that she was kind enough to include it in one of her blog posts along with some wonderful creations sent in by other folk.
lucy mandalas 1
http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2014/05/mandala-love-.html

Lucy has also gone to the trouble of uploading all the mandala’s on to a magnificent Pinterest board – with 95 mandalas pinned so far and nearly 2,000 followers

It may sound overly dramatic but it is pretty wonderful to see my own rather amateur creation up there with so much crochet artistry.
And I think that is the kernel of it – by sharing your work you are contributing to something that is more than the sum of it’s parts. Yes I love to crochet, yes I would carry on doing it even if no-one ever saw what I made, but by sharing my work, and seeing other people’s work I get a sense of something that is much bigger than my living room. Through it I can learn and improve and hopefully, at some point in the future, other people will feel the same way about what I do too.
I think you could call those mandalas friendship circles, don’t you?

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3 thoughts on “Friendship circles

  1. The Snail of Happiness

    I really agree – since initiating a little community project of my own I have realised how important this sort of thing is. And being the recipient of the creations of other people has given me a feeling of great joy.

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  2. yaddle

    My mandala is going in the post to Lucy tomorrow. I am actually really excited about it, I don’t really get to socialise (single mum, lack of childcare) so I jumped at the chance to be part of the project. I think everyone wants to be part of something bigger than themselves. This is my way of doing that. Friendship circles would be a great new name for them 🙂
    I just hope mine is good enough to be included! I have only been crocheting for 6 months (leftie, self taught from youtube) and the mandala I am sending to Lucy is the very first one I have ever made. 🙂

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    1. iamsimplyhooked Post author

      I really like the colour scheme on your mandala – I am sure they will all be put to good use as surely it is the overall effect that matters rather than how perfect an individual circle is.

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