It was not my intention to make mandalas. I really didn't even know what a Mandala was before I created these radial designs and then someone said, "Oh yeah, like a Mandala." I mean, I knew they had something to do with Buddhism and meditation, but I didn't know specifics. So, I went and looked it up on the Wiki.
My original goal was simply to make a design with radial balance that was created from the visual data of a single meaningful word. I wanted to create pin pairs of complimentary/contrasting words, to demonstrate the duality that is humanity these days. The result just happened to look like snowflakes/mandalas when I had finished. I wanted the pins to be clean, simple, and powerful, which is why I chose to do them in 14K gold plate + high contrast black and white hard enamel.
Here's how you can see the word, in the pin. The word will not be highlighted like this, it's just to show you my process and how to see the messages:
Each pin in this collection of pin pairs is a radial design based on a word that represents a facet of humanity and the things I feel we are experiencing at a staggering rate these days: Love + Indifference, Malice + Compassion, Sensitive + Numb, Fragile + Resilient.
Each pin will be 1.25" Diameter, Hard Enamel + 14K Gold Plated + Locking Clip + a shared Backer Card.
The initial goal will cover the production cost and shipping for patches and the first pair to be released: "Love + Indifference".
Love and hate are not opposites, but love and indifference. Because, even if you hate something you have a strong emotion towards it, you think about it, you expend your energy over it, and both love and hate will completely drain you if given the power to. With indifference, you don't care in one direction or another. This is the opposite of love and the reason I paired these two together.
They'll come together on a clean elegant backer card + locking clips so you don't lose them.
Once we double the original Kickstarter goal to 700, the second set of pins will be unlocked. Two things we as a species are having a super hard time with right now:
The third stretch goal is 1050. I'm pretty sure we're all feeling both of these all the time at this point, surely it's not just me:
And once we reach 1300, Fragile + Resilient, because while humanity is fragile it is also resilient. We are pushed to the brink every single day, but somehow we rebound, often times stronger and more knowledgeable than before.
Once we make a stretch goal, you'll be able to choose your pairs from any of the unlocked sets.
If we reach 2000, each backer will also receive a 3.5" diameter iron-on patch with the full color Mandala print; the same image as what's on the 60" beach towel reward. I may also give stickers too, depending on how things go. Y'all let me know if you have interest, I'm happy to add rewards you want to see! I haven't planned for prints, but I am open to suggestions.
The full color Mandala combines the words: Love(in the center) Compassion, Fragile, Sensitive, and Resilient. I chose to use Pantone's "Far-Fetched" color pallet for 2018, because it's focus is on reflecting our increasingly connected culturally diverse world.
"Far-Fetched is a palette of colors that celebrates the creativity and originality of the commingling of different materials and design influences in a single space. Filled with multicultural references, the Far-Fetched palette reaches deeply into a treasure trove of color sources to produce warmth and light. Mystical and fanciful, divertingly different and unforeseeable, the intersection of these colorful cultural mixes speaks to the very essence of design." -Pantone