L6 Practice Unit: Live Brief and Practice Unit - Outward Facing, Direction, Reflection

Matt Manson is an interesting designer, his designs look like optical illusions due to the monochrome colouring except the designs are mostly inspired by Mughal architecture. I have always found working within a circular format exciting - I think that this could be a turning point for my practice unit; I feel that exploring ritual and spirituality, perhaps looking into mandalas could give my concept more depth.

- www.mattmanson.co.uk/m/

Mandalas are ritualistic in many cultures, in Buddhism, the creation of a mandala is a representation of the world in divine form, perfectly balanced and it is meant to heal the earth.

Mandalas are often created in art therapy, psychiatrist Carl Jung, had his patients create mandalas which helped him gain insight into their thoughts, feelings or conditions. “I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, a mandala, which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is: ...the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious." - Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, pp. 195 – 196. Considering the concept of ritual, I want to try and create mandalas within my designs using the crystals as well as the moths that I have drawn - using the Egyptian amulets as inspiration.

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