♥FireRainbow Umbrella for Cats

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Triangle Life

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My Infinity Flower is based on the universal shape of the circle, representing continuity, cycles and wholeness.  I have chosen the color red as the pulsing symmetry of the circle creates an energy.  My flower will blossom to the sound and rhythm of a heartbeat, and wither as it fades to silence, its loop representing the everlasting cycle of creation and destruction.

The process of physically preparing the space on paper, gathering your materials, measuring out segments with your eyes and connecting dots, really can teach you something every time.  I think I realized that as soon as you know the form of one thing, you can understand the form of its duality, because they co-exist.  Drawing one petal, intuitively brought my hand around to draw its opposing partner.  As the petal itself knows naturally to grow symmetrically, I know these patterns, curves and proportions too!  I feel them innately inside me whenever I do something artistic, drawing or dancing.

Something interesting I noticed during the creation process was that as the circle I was making on the paper got bigger, the motion I used to create the circle (spread the pastel) changed in a very distinct way, but always remained essentially circular!

I really have a lot of respect for the monks that meditate on mandalas for so long … it is a form that exercises your eyes and your mind for understanding how parts interact and compose a whole.  It is like mind kung fu for navigating the universe’s matrix mandala.

Daft Punk – Around the World

March 3, 2011 at 1:36 am | Posted in pattern, research, symbols | 1 Comment


*look for the primary colors, life and death, never-ending cycle…the beat of life ..

World Peace Crystal Grids at Poles

February 22, 2011 at 3:32 am | Posted in research, symbols | Leave a comment

The Shape of meanings

February 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Hyeyoon, research, symbols | 1 Comment

There are truly an endless variety of shapes and combination of shapes, each communicating its own meaning and message. Often the meaning behind shapes is cultural (a red octagon as a stop sign), particularly as shapes are combined. We’ll confine ourselves to a discussion of some basic geometric shapes here and I’ll provide some links to more detailed sources of shape meaning beyond the basics.


Circles have no beginning or end. They represent the eternal whole and in every culture are an archetypical form representing the sun, the earth, the moon, the universe, and other celestial objects between. Circles are used to suggest familiar objects such as wheels, balls, many kinds of fruit. They suggested well-roundedness and completeness.

Circles have free movement. They can roll. Shading and lines can enhance this sense of movement in circles. Circles are graceful and their curves are seen as feminine. They are warm, comforting and give a sense of sensuality and love. Their movement suggests energy and power. Their completeness suggests the infinite, unity, and harmony.

Circles protect, they endure, they restrict. They confine what’s within and keep things out. They offer safety and connection. Circles suggests community, integrity, and perfection.

Because they are less common in design they work well to attract attention, provide emphasis, and set things apart.

rectangles and squares

Squares and rectangles are stable. They’re familiar and trusted shapes and suggest honesty. They have right angles and represent order, mathematics, rationality, and formality. They are seen as earthbound. Rectangles are the most common geometric shape encountered. The majority of text we read is set in rectangles or squares.

Squares and rectangles suggest conformity, peacefulness, solidity, security, and equality. Their familiarity and stability, along with their commonness can seem boring. They are generally not attention getters, but can be tilted to add an unexpected twist. Think of web pages that tilts framed images to help them stand out.

Every element on a web page is defined by a rectangle according to the css box model. Web pages are rectangles made up of smaller rectangles and squares.

In Buddhist symbolism a square (earthbound) inside a circle (eternal whole) represents the relationship between the human and the divine.


Triangles can be stable when sitting on their base or unstable when not. They represent dynamic tension, action, and aggression. Triangles have energy and power and their stable/unstable dynamic can suggest either conflict or steady strength. They are balanced and can be a symbol for law, science, and religion.

Triangles can direct movement based which way they point. They can be used to suggest familiar themes like pyramids, arrows and, pennants. Spiritually they represent the religious trinity. They can suggest self-discovery and revelation.

The strength of triangles suggests masculinity. Their dynamic nature make them better suited to a growing high tech company than a stable financial institution when designing a logo. Triangles can be used to convey progression, direction, and purpose.


Spirals are expressions of creativity. They are often found in the natural growth pattern of many organisms and suggest the process of growth and evolution. Spirals convey ideas of fertility, birth, death, expansion, and transformation. They are cycles of time, life, and the seasons and are a common shape in religious and mystical symbolism.

Spirals move in either direction and represent returning to the same point on life’s journey with new levels of understanding. They represent trust during change, the release of energy and maintaining flexibility through transformation.

Clockwise spirals represent projection of an intention and counterclockwise spirals the fulfillment of an intention. Double spirals can be used to symbolize opposing forces.


Crosses symbolize spirituality and healing. They are seen as the meeting place of divine energies. The 4 points of a cross represent self, nature, wisdom, and higher power or being. Crosses suggest transition, balance, faith, unity, temperance, hope, and life.

They represent relationships and synthesis and a need for connection to something, whether that something is group, individual, self, or project related..

As with lines vertical shapes are seen as strong and horizontal shapes are seen as peaceful. Most everything said about vertical and horizontal lines can be said about vertical and horizontal shapes.

Curved shapes offer rhythm and movement, happiness, pleasure and generosity. They are seen as more feminine than sharp shapes which offer energy, violence and, anger. Sharp shapes are lively and youthful and are seen as more masculine.

More about Mandalas

February 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Posted in research, symbols | Leave a comment

A mandala is a complex abstract design that is usually circular in form. In fact, “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. Mandalas generally have one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms.

Mandalas can contain both geometric and organic forms. They can also contain recognizable images that carry meaning for the person who is creating it.

In essence, mandalas represent the connection between our inner worlds and outer reality. Designing your own mandalas can be both inspirational and therapeutic.

I couldn’t stop thinking of mandala which can be also interpreted as one classification of art therapy.


February 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Posted in research, symbols | Leave a comment
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This book is on the list of blackboard. Here are sentences I like the most even though I haven’t finished yet.

Meaning is always a phenomenon of culture, a product of culture; now, in our society, this phenomenon of culture is constantly naturalized, reconverted into nature by speech, which makes us believe in a purely transitive situation of the object. We believe we are in a practical world of uses, of functions, of total domestication of the object, and in reality we are also, by objects, in a world of meanings, of reasons, of alibis: function gives birth to the sign, but this sign is reconverted into the spectacle of a function. I believe it is precisely this conversion of culture into pseudo-nature which can define the ideology of our society.

Colloquium at the Cini Foundation in Venice, 1964

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