mandalas for marinke

Here is the next of the beautiful, inspiring, special contributions coming in to the #MandalasForMarinke remembrance project. I am grateful for each and every amazing contribution. You are invited to join; learn more here.

Beautiful Crochet Mandala

This sweet crochet contribution is made using the free Tuts+ crochet mandala tutorial by Wink. I love the colors selected for this piece, colors that give it an organic floral feeling filled with brightness and hope.

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Meet the Maker

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This crochet mandala contribution comes to us from blogger, crafter and photographer Charissa of Joyful Four. Charissa shared on her blog that this was made “In honor of an amazing talent the crochet world has lost….” and added in her mail, “Sadly, the crochet community lost an amazing talent. You will be missed Wink.”

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Words by Wink

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I thought I’d share an excerpt from a post Wink did at the end of 2011, recapping her first year in blogging, because it highlights how happy the creative community here made her, even in the early days.

“This year has been a hoot and a half for me. I had/have SO much fun blogging, creating but most of all: sharing it with you! I never would have guessed that I would have such a loyal following by now. I only started blogging in May! Some stats: I have had about 13,000 people visiting me over the past few months. I have had around 100 visits each day, with high points of 579 visitors in one day! I received almost 200 comments on my blog, and November was my best month (so far) with almost 4,000 visits.”

About Depression

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One purpose of this project is to raise awareness about depression so each post will end with some facts, thoughts or quotes about depression, suicide and/or mental health. Today I thought I’d share a (very partial) list of some of the amazing creative talents who lost the battle to depression and suicide. This isn’t to glorify or romanticize the illness but instead to recognize how widespread this condition is.

  • Robin Williams
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Hunter Thompson
  • Diane Arbus
  • Mindy McCready
  • Elliott Smith
  • Brad Delp
  • Jonathan Brandis
  • Michael Blosil
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Phil Ochs
  • Mark Rothko
  • Anne Sexton
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Virginia Woolf

Additionally, here is a lengthy list of famous people who attempted suicide but survived. Slightly more inspiringly, here is a list of 40+ celebrities who have lived with depression. Depression affects people far and wide, from all walks of life, for many different reasons.

All contributions to Mandalas for Marinke are welcome and will help raise awareness about depression while honoring her work in the same way that this great contribution has done today. Details to join here.


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

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