Bespoke Project

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“The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop it harmoniously; not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below; and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy; universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity - of opportunity in the social, political and individual life.— from Bhagat Singh's prison diary, p. 124” ― Bhagat Singh, The Jail Notebook And Other Writings

Bespoke Project is based on the my research about Buddhist religion and interest of my client. The first thing i made a long chart with my client and i come up with few ideas based on her interests to the life. 

The main needs were 

  • Color 

  • Warm 

  • Soft materials 

  • Something that have a different use 

  • Something that reminds her about home 

  • Religious 

 My client is quite person, she left China 6 years ago and now she lives in Canada. I was thinking what is the main thing that i want her to remember. Maybe her past? something from her life or maybe something about her interest in photography? 

I made my decision and decided to focus on Buddhist  religion. Symbols play an important role. It is not known what the role of the image was in Early Buddhism, although many surviving images can be found, because their symbolic or representative nature was not clearly explained in early texts. In my final project i based on the clors of the national flag and also i add the symbolic piece that i bought in the Buddhist ashram. 

Mahayana symbolism

In Mahayana, Buddhist figures and sacred objects leaned towards esoteric and symbolic meaning. The Mudras are a series of symbolic hand gestures describing the actions of the characters represented in only the most interesting Buddhist art. Many images also function as mandalas. Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist art frequently makes use of a particular set of eight auspicious symbols, ashtamangala, in domestic and public art. These symbols have spread with Buddhism to the art of many cultures, including Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese, and Chinese art.

These symbols are:

Lotus flower. Representing purity and enlightenment.

Endless knot, or, the Mandala. Representing eternal harmony.

Golden Fish pair. Representing conjugal happiness and freedom.

Victory Banner. Representing a victorious battle.

Wheel of Dharma or Chamaru in Nepali Buddhism. Representing knowledge.

Treasure Vase. Representing inexhaustible treasure and wealth.

Parasol. Representing the crown, and protection from the elements.

Conch shell. Representing the thoughts of the Buddha.


Mahayana symbolism

Step by Step

When i decided to focus on colors in my mind i come up with colored wool and made some examples

To make my final idea to make i use blue, yellow and red wool threads. I connect thread balls with needle and add lines of small stones and on the top i put the plastic jewelry piece that i made long time ago. I think to mix this two different medias is very unusual.

How to make this Ball?


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