Mandalas for Al Mutanabbi Street
'2011 Sylvia Warham, UK
Whatever one's race, culture or creed,
one can meditate using a Mandala. These Mandalas encourage meditations
of those who died, the loss of ancient scholarly works, the loss
of an intellectual community and the hopes and good wishes for its
revival. The ribbon is white symbolising the thin thread of humanity
and red for the intellctual and creative powers of the mind which
bind all artists and writers inextricably to Al Mutanabbi Street.
The box is hand marbled with red with flowing patterns symbolic
of the flow of thoughts between all who meditate on the mandalas.
Sylvia Warham grew up in Lancashire where
she developed a love of moorlands and wild places. She began making
artists books in 1985, and studied book illustration briefly at
St.Martin's in the Fields, London. However, this was interrupted
by a period of ill health. After a busy academic career Sylvia came
to watercolour painting later in life. She studied with professional
artist Peter Woolley. Sylvia now lives
on a farm in Devon where she pursues her love of painting and artist's
books. Her work can be seen at 'The Little Gallery
on the Farm' Shebbear, Devon.