Esther writes, “This mandala is made in loving memory of Wink. Depression is such an ugly illness. I’m so sorry you lost your battle and hope you are finally at peace. Thanks for your inspiration.”
These two gorgeous Mandalas for Marinke come to us from Anne who lives here in San Francisco. They were made in gorgeous Rowan cotton glade yarn using the colorful mandala pattern in Simply Crochet issue #5 and the picot mandala crochet pattern from Simply Crochet issue #7.
Some people create during depression. Many people, myself included, create in spurts of energy between depressive periods. The point is not that depression will necessarily kill your creativity, but that neither does it nourish it, and that if you hold any sort of romantic notion that you must “suffer for your art”, it is vital to your well-being to release that notion and devote some energy to improving your own mental health. Creativity can and will thrive when you are well.
Kim of Red Lion Mary sent us these two beautiful pieces for the Mandalas for Marinke remembrance project.
These two pretty crochet mandalas come to us from Cai, who can be found on Pinterest @craftysillymama, for the Mandalas for Marinke remembrance project, which she calls, “a beautiful project to raise awareness for those struggling with or caring about someone with depression”.
These two beautiful crochet mandalas (one spoke mandala and one standard 12-round mandala, each using Wink’s patterns) were contributed anonymously to the Mandalas for Marinke remembrance project. This post also discusses coping mechanisms through the lens of “rubber band theory”.
This creativity exercise is an excerpt from my book Hook to Heal, which offers 100 exercises to inspire the use of crochet to heal and improve all areas of life. This exercise comes from the “adventure” chapter.