We used a color xerox of an amulet of Avalokitesvara Korwa Tongtrug hand drawn by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu's which we folded according to instructions.
After folding our mantra into a square and marking its uptight positon, we assembled our five string colors beginning with yellow in the center to represent earth.
As we wrapped the mantra alternating horizontal with vertical, the weaving began to emerge. At the end of each color's wrap came the hard part, which is to tuck the left over string into the folded packet.
That's Dara's mom, "feminist assemblage artist," Rhoda Juels, whose work we later toured.
Coming along. The next colors to weave will be white followed by Blue. Notice how we alternate the vertical and horizontal threads wrapped around the mantra. The number here is seven times.
Often one sees these kinds of amulets incased in plastic made in Asia to wear. Here we are making larger amulets to place on our shrine, above a doorway or anywhere in our environment--not to wear. However, next we will experiment with smaller versions.
During our lunch break we took a tour of Rhoda Juels' unique assemblages using a variety of paper and textiles. The work below was made from the paper she made in our 2014 workshop on Khandroling.
The work below is based on the Hebrew myth of Lilith. Rhoda embroidered the names of prominent women artists from the Jewish tradition.
Many Thanks to Dara, Yangjor and Rhoda. Dara will be teaching more classes in the fall. We wish her a happy retreat and travels over the summer.
[Photos by Dara Juels}
[Photos of Rhoda's work by Sheryl Jaffe]