Beading mandalas is a meditative process for me. It is a means of reconnecting with my internal center and exploring a new path to spiritual and creative expression. It is a way of creating balance and harmony in my life.

The word mandala comes from the ancient Sanskrit language of India and can be translated as meaning “circle, center, or circumference”. I began making beaded mandalas in 1970 when I first began working with beads. These were stitched onto leather handbags I made by hand and became the focal point of each purse. The early designs were geometric patterns that radiated outward from a single bead in the center.

During the summer of 2013, in preparation for our two-person exhibition at the Jenkins Arboretum, I created a series of 3 dimensional mandalas that were set into wooden frames turned on the lathe by David. These include a number of flowers and a desert scene from Monument Valley. The concept of using a 2-dimensional plane to create 3-D beadwork is both exciting and a challenge and takes my original work in mandalas to a new level of intricacy.