ILUS201: PATTERN FROM NATURE • Students spent some time walking around the perimeter of the building, collecting various plants, flowers, and natural objects to use as reference. From here they did some initial sketching explorations, and from these, they used cropping Ls to find areas that reflected a “50/50” balance black and white. Referring to a reading from the book “Patterns of Symmetry”, students explored the five basic ways of creating a pattern based on this initial “generator”. Working either analog or digital, they completed the pattern in the 8x8 grid provided. Beyond this initial stage is “pushing” the generator such that a non-focusing pattern is developed. A truly balanced generator will produce a pattern that allows for focus both on the positive as well as negative spaces.
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“Kuan Yin’s compassion”
Kuan Yin is one of my favourite goddesses to work with. She is the feminine counterpart to Buddha. She is a bodhisatta which means she reached the point of Buddhahood. But instead, she chose to stay here and to help those who are struggling, so all beings can be enlightened. Compassion is actually one of my highest values. And the thing about it is, I have had compassion for others quite easily throughout my life. I’m very empathic and have the ability to feel people’s energy, hidden emotions and hidden subconscious beliefs or blocks. This has allowed me to have compassion because I could feel the suffering and pain underneath what might be being revealed to me on the surface. It is a beautiful quality but it is also a difficult one. Often it is hard for people to understand this part of me. I used to hide and suppress it a lot. It was also difficult because I was more aware of what others were feeling and needing than I am of my own feelings and needs. It still takes me time to process this. I have to take time out, ask myself how I feel and the answer is not always clear, particularly in the midst of highly emotional environments where there is conflict. Because I was more aware of others feelings and needs and not my own, I used to hurt myself a lot. I didn’t know how to take care of myself. But with Kuan Yin, I am learning to have the depth of love, care, compassion and empathy that I have for others for myself too. And it is ok if I am not understood because I understand myself. Though I am finding more and more as I learn to feel and know my feelings, then articulate and express them, that actually people mostly understand and have empathy. Part of compassion and self care is being discerning as well in who I share with and how much. I am particularly grateful for my family and my good friends that always saw my beauty and reminded me of it when I would forget. Part of my purpose in this life for me, I believe, is to guide people back to their true heart and love themself as they are. No one is perfect according to any ideal and life is so much harder when we try to be. (Continued in comments...)