My mandala as an end product represents the theme of Tide Turning but the materials used also link with the theme of Make Do and Mend. I have made the mandala to put on a patio area at the bottom of my garden. Some of the shells and stones I have used were in a display cabinet in my house but most materials were in an old washbasin sunken in the garden near the patio – my ‘fossil bed’.
This had been there for about 10 years and contained stones, shells and fossils that I have had for many years. Nearly all of the objects were collected, given to me or bought years ago. My mother collected the fossils from beaches in Hampshire and some of the shells I collected from the same beaches when I was a child. Some of the objects have come from foreign sources – acquired from long ago before it became so obvious just to take photos rather than objects.
I have used old gardening trays to help structure my mandala.
Insects enjoyed crawling all over my fossil bed and basking in its warmth.
Amongst other things, my mandala is a better way of displaying my collection. It brings back memories for me and will enable others to see interesting items more clearly.
The insects will still be able to visit it but I intend to make use of what was also in my washbasin – fragments of pottery. In another square tray I will arrange these with alpines and succulents to create a living mandala for the insects.
I have always loved being at the seaside and exploring different beaches and coastlines. I love the sight and the sound of the sea and all there is to see and marvel at in a coastal environment.
I think my fossils and stones make me aware of how long things can endure. However, they also remind me of the impact that climate change and coastal erosion are having in our world today and make me wonder about and fear for the future.