8 x8 inch Birch Wooden Box Panels
Hand painted with acrylic paint
This collection allowed me to explore the natural grain of the birch wooden panels for a vintage shabby chic boho effect.
The Birch Tree is a symbol of rebirth, renewal, and diligence. Birch wood calms our emotions and carries a protective energy.
My inspiration was to make each of the mandalas look lacey on that wooden background, so I opted for heavy use of white acrylic paint (matte and gloss). In my mind, making it look like lacey doyly's placed on a wooden tables.
Lace symbolism comes from weaving, the thread and cord, the loom and the web. There is a link between knots, ties and laces which are the symbols of earthly ties and lace reinforcing the idea that the plan is for earthly existence. Lace's complex patterns show us the complexity of people's lives and help us to see our own threads and patterns that we weave into our own web. The paths and cycles we have followed, present, past and future can all be seen.
The color of lace ties in with the symbolism. White, is a positive color and is associated with purity, innocence, light, goodness, heaven, safety, brilliance, illumination, understanding, cleanliness, faith, beginnings, spirituality, possibility, humility, sincerity, protection, softness, and perfection.
I didn’t want this set to be uniform, so I allowed myself to explore different patterns within each box but kept in mind that each one should easily evolve into the next. To work in synergy with each other whilst still maintaining their individuality.
I love the quilted tapestry affect, you’ll know that if you have been following my work this year. I love panel sets and the way that each panel is unique and beautiful on its own. Being able to get that over and over again within one piece that fits together perfectly. Love it.
The thing I love the most about shabby chic is that it makes use of so many natural materials. I love that it shows signs of age, of wear and tear and of use. This is what furniture is about, for me. It is meant to be loved, to be used, to be revamped! It is comfort with style in my opinion. Earthy and ethereal.
I feel that this collection really shares that earthly yet ethereal energy and is activating us to be in this world but not of this world.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Most of us have heard these words from the French philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. For most of us, when we read this quote, something deep inside resonates.
If you have not seen the quote before sit with it for a moment. Heck, even if you have read it before, sit with it a moment. Reflect on it again, in this moment.
We are not human beings striving to be Spiritual; we are already Spiritual Beings. We existed in spirit form before we were born into this physical world. We are eternal Souls. In any moment of our busy lives we can reconnect with this knowledge. Choosing to live true to your soul above anything else. And, to me that’s what boho life is about! They are FREE SPIRITS!
This Vintage Boho Collection will activate the free spirit in you.
It activates our understanding of what it means to be free.
It activates us to pursue our passions.
It activates us to let go of whatever is holding you back.
It activates us to let go of whatever you're rebelling against without a higher purpose.
It activates us to live in the moment.
It activates us to keep our ego in check.
It activates us to honor other people's freedom.
LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु
Translated: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may my thoughts, words, and actions contribute in some way to happiness and freedom for all.”