Thursday, May 10, 2018

Creativity Inspired by Labyrinth Walking

In 2012, while walking the Bennett-Lindsay labyrinth in Burnstown, Ontario two simple messages came to me:
"Take time for creativity"
"Make time for creativity"

And to make room for new ideas and possibilities I first set about to finish various creative projects. 

That, in itself, was immensely satisfying.

To do so - I simply booked "creativity time" on my Outlook calendar - a half hour or hour here and there during the week - and a couple of hours on either Saturday or Sunday on the weekend.

I was amazed - as I started to finish projects - how new ideas started to flow! Here is the story of one of the new projects - creating an octagonal labyrinth mosaic.

First I was given a cool octagonal frame, and then I made this fun fused heart at Current Works of Glass.
Fused heart made from scraps of glass.
Then I stumbled upon this "Squaring the Circle" labyrinth wisdom card (created by Tony Christie) - and just knew that the octagonal labyrinth should be part of the mosaic design.
"Squaring the Circle" Labyrinth Wisdom Card (Tony Christie)
A web search for octagonal labyrinths resulted in me finding this labyrinth - from Rome Palatine
Italy - Imperial Palace on the Palatine, dating ca. 75. This 8 sided polygon labyrinth was 20 meters in width giving 1 meter wide lanes to be walked to get to a fountain in the centre. How fascinating!
Ancient octagonal labyrinth from the Imperial Palace on the Palatine, Italy (ca. 75 AD)
It also occured to me to incorporate the seven chakra colours - starting with red, orange and yellow at the heart centre.
Further inspiration - include the chakra colours!
Pulling the ideas together - just start!
Everything flows together as I start to create the mosaic.
The completed mosaic - grouted and ready to hang! This piece feels extra-special to me.
Octagonal labyrinth mosaic finished and ready to hang!
What a cool creative process this has been! It makes my heart sing.
Start consistently making art!