My first contact with yarn mandalas was in December 2012 at Ojos de Dios's workshop. It was when I discovered a deep connection with this technique, which allowed me to create through active meditation, exploring sacred geometry, colours and shapes.
What began as a hobby / therapy, quickly became a form of expression, a weaving of emotions, a desire to create objects that could spread harmony and beauty to wherever they were.
I explore different sized mandalas (that can go up to a meter wide), with several kinds of forms, structures and yarns. They are usually unique pieces, but now I've created this special collection for Boom Festival’s Bazaar." (Anabela Marques)
I seek to bring more beauty and harmony to the world, causing sensations of balance and serenity to those who observe them. I desire to dedicate more and more time and energy to these creations. New shapes, new combinations of colours and sizes, I wish to explore this spiral of creation that mandalas inspire me to live." (Anabela Marques)
The yarn I use is produced locally by a company based in Seia, central Portugal, and I buy the skeins of yarn at one of Porto's most traditional stores. I believe it is important to invest in local economies and use raw materials that are closest to us, trying to minimise the environmental impact of transporting them. The structure of each mandala is composed of sticks made from certified FSC - mix wood, which means the wood is sourced from certified forests." (Anabela Marques)
Throughout the creative process, great care is taken to ensure all shapes will hold over time. For the final touch, I stitch specific points that will assure the enduring perfection of the design. On some of the mandalas I paint the ends with acrylic or enamel paint." (Anabela Marques)