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Mandala ng LAHAT by Lakandiwa Mandala ng LAHAT by Lakandiwa
Mandala ng LAHAT
Mandala of ONE

2012
Metallic Gel Pen on Illustration Board

“Lahat (everything) . . .

Lupa (earth)
Apoy (fire)
Hangin (wind)
Ako (I)
Tubig (water)

Ako ay lahat (I am everthing)
Lahat ay ako (everything is in me)”

* In my studies of the ancient Tagalog script of the Baybayin, I have discovered the beauty in it calligraphic use. I took the time to study the aesthetics of Islamic calligraphy, then I applied it to the Tagalog script called the Baybayin. I am however using the Lopez variation to the script to allow me more leeway in the expressions of the words.

I am also presently doing some historical research on my hypothesis that the Baybayin was actually written in a calligraphic style, at least 100 years before the Spanish
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:iconjimmyblaze:
Your mandalas - I see such things when meditating or closing my eyes when listening to bassy music.

I love these - and I can now see how you see them (I think) - meditation shows you in your inner third eye. The wisdom of sacred geometries from within.
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:iconlakandiwa:
Thank you very much my friend

In my earlier mandalas, I have used the Buddhist aspects process of making the yantra, infused with universal symbology and sacred geometries . . . however my present explorations in the meditative qualities of calligraphy and mandalas have also open new horizons for me. Especially in the context of the traditions of the ancient peoples of the Philippines and the script called the Baybayin

I am glad that these too have resonated with many people, including yourself

And I do agree that some chilling base music does go well with my works :)
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:iconjimmyblaze:
aha...I will research this yantra production method - also the chilling bass music is what opened up my "mandala eye" a whole lot a few weeks ago, not something that worked with your pieces. Although of course it would probably work beautifully. :D
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:iconlakandiwa:
I did research on the philosophy of making the layers or levels in a yantra, and when I understood it well, I was able to create my own mandalas with prayers that accompany each work

My wife and I used to teach this in self actualization workshops in the Philippines, and we might start doing it again by next year
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:iconjimmyblaze:
WOW. When I come to Philippines I would love to have this workshop.
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:iconlakandiwa:
Or I might be able to travel to Europe and give a workshop there :)
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:iconjimmyblaze:
Sounds like a plan - I have to come over anyways though - I am going to learn silat.
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:iconlakandiwa:
Sounds great

Do await the international release of the film "The Bladed Hand" which is about Filipino Martial Arts . . . I am help support this film, as well as doing my own research on FMA history
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Mythian Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I went to Michael's Craft store yesterday just to look around. To my surprise they now have mini canvases in black. 2inx2in, 3inx3in, 2inx4in, 4inx4in. They come in packs of at least 4 to 6. Would you like me to buy you a whole bunch for your projects? Can you work with your gel pens on stretched canvas/canvas board? Also, at Hobby Lobby store the Strathmore brand had black bristol or black illustration board mini card paper that is 2.5in x 3.5in in size. Would you like me to get your a bunch of that paper too? I think it would be interesting what you could come up with on a much smaller scale. Sell them as special edition mini prints each one being different and unique. Yes, I know it may cost a bit to mail them to you and they would take a few weeks to a month. They might even go through customs over there. I'm perfectly understanding of the chances the mini black paper cards and black canvases won't make it, but at least I can try.
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:iconlakandiwa:
Hi Tara

I am flattered that you have thought of my work as you browse through an art store. The black canvasses do sound interesting, however I do find the black boards that I use quite handy for both shipping and storage (especially with the amount of works I am churning out lately). I have also found black oslo paper and bristol board here in the Philippines, in fact I have planned to bind the sheets into a black sketch pad. And many of my early works (2009) were done on the black paper (8.5x11 inches).

Still my thanks for your thoughtfulness . . .

I have good news, a person did contact me to have my tarot done as a limited edition there in the USA, I will inform you as soon as that pushes through. All that he is waiting for is for me to finalize my new address, so that he can ship the copies to me
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