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.

Today is the deadline for this project! If you absolutely can’t meet the deadline but wanted to participate, please email me at kathryn.vercillo (gmail) ASAP and let me know.

Beautiful Crochet Mandalas

Mariana's Crochet MandalasforMarinke

These two soft crochet mandalas combine intricate stitches with perfect color palettes. The spiral design is an adaptation from a spiral square that the crafter used to create her own mandala – beautiful!

Mariana's Crochet Mandala for Marinke

Meet the Maker

Mariana's Crochet Mandalas for Marinke

Maker Mariana from Switzerland wrote:

Thank you so much for this wonderful initiative! I am sending you both mandalas in memory of the special soul that Marinke was …

You are helping so many people all over the world by letting them know they are not alone – so thank you for your courage and for raising awareness about depression. We all want to be heart!

Mariana’s beautiful crochet photos can be found on Instagram @winterbeachbymab.

Words by Wink

Mariana's Crochet Contribution to MandalasforMarinke

Wink’s last Instagram post read:

Picked some flowers and stuck them in my dreads. This stuff makes me happy :)”

Mariana's Crochet Contribution to Mandalas for Marinke

About Depression

Mariana''s Mandalas for Marinke

One purpose of this project is to raise awareness about depression so each post ends with some facts, thoughts or quotes about depression, suicide and/or mental health. Today let’s talk about the relationship between exercise and depression, namely that there’s a correlation and that exercise may help relieve or reduce some symptoms of depression.

Crochet Mandala by Mariana for Wink

A 2014 study on Depressive Symptoms and Physical Activity found:

“The relationship between activity and depressive symptoms was bidirectional, albeit more persistent during adult life in the direction from activity to depressive symptoms. Findings suggest that activity may alleviate depressive symptoms in the general population and, in turn, depressive symptoms in early adulthood may be a barrier to activity.”

Harvard Health Publications explains:

“How does exercise relieve depression? For many years, experts have known that exercise enhances the action of endorphins, chemicals that circulate throughout the body. Endorphins improve natural immunity and reduce the perception of pain. They may also serve to improve mood. Another theory is that exercise stimulates the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which may directly improve mood.”

Crochet Mandala by Mariana

All contributions to Mandalas for Marinke are so appreciated. They help raise awareness about depression while honoring her work in the same way that this great contribution has done today.


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


  1. Hi Kathryn,

    I was shocked when I heard what happened on your website as I had been seeing her crochet mandalas for quite some time. I myself suffer from severe bouts of depression and crochet and knitting is a big part of how I deal with it. So I wanted to make something special for her and I have included the picture on my website. You are welcome to use it on your website as well as an example. I hope to make one more of this same fashion and pin them in different bulletin boards or places from month to month.

    • Kathryn Reply

      That’s a wonderful way to participate. Thank you for sharing. <3

  2. I am intrigued by the texture of the sandals shown in this post… what brand and fiber is it? So LOVELY!!!

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