I had never made a crocheted mandala. I had never heard of Wink. I didn't know there was a tight-knit online crochet community.
That has changed.
Earlier this week, friends recommended I take a look at Lucy at Attic24, who does a lot of bright and rainbow arts and crafts projects. So I followed her on FB. And she soon posted about the loss of crochet artist and author Marinke Slump a.k.a Wink, who had succumbed to severe depression. Wink, who blogged at A Creative Being, had been very straightforward about her mental health issues and how she used crochet to stay in the light. I went looking for her blog and found her little sister's touching post. And all of her beautiful crocheted mandalas! So colorful, so intricate. I found Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence who had published a book, Crochet Saved My Life, including an interview with Wink. Two separate memorials were started--#MandalasforWink and #MandalasforMarinke. I was sad for Wink and her struggles, for her family and friends and their grief, and for the crochet community and their loss. I was touched by the beauty of Wink's art.
Crochet with Raymond" (really a blog by a lesbi@n hooker and her Siamese cat.) And so this with a package of Lion Brand pastel "poppers" that I had on hand, I made a straightforward crocheted mandala--pink, peach, lemon, lime, blue, lavender, white. Lovely.
Now I'm stiffening it, to hang in the window. I plan to make a second one to donate to the memorial, now that I've gotten more of the hang of it. Instead of liquid starch, hairspray, or a sugar solution, I'm using an equal mixture of white glue and water. I hope it works. It's drying right now.
And it will be a lovely reminder of love, art, light, and life.
I followed Crochet with Raymond's pattern, using thing #2 Lion Brand pastel "poppers" yarn and an H hook.