crocheted by Jodiebodie
These two Dutch bunnies hopped across their shelf today to discover my tribute to Dutch crochet designer and author, Marinke Slump, also known as 'Wink' from the blog A Creative Being.
Marinke is famous for her crocheted mandalas which she promoted as soothing, therapeutic projects with their beautiful colours and meditative, repetitive stitches.
Two weeks ago the crochet world received the sad news of her untimely death. My condolences go out to her family and friends and everybody feeling her loss today.
In a previous blog entry (3 July 2015), I listed a number of special memorial projects underway including Wink's official memorial site. This post is my contribution to the #MandalasForWink online project and my mandala is destined for the #MandalasForMarinke remembrance project.
There are bound to be many more tributes as the weeks go by, such was Wink's influence, whether it was online, through magazines or with her books which were published in Europe, the UK and the USA.
|This is my "Dutch Mandala"|
inspired by Marinke's "I Love Holland" pattern.
Wink designed her pretty "I Love Holland" mandala to celebrate the crowning of King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands after the abdication of Queen Beatrix.
I decided to make a different mandala based on that design in Wink's honour because Wink was Dutch and I come from a Dutch family too. I was in Holland in 1980 when the Dutch crown passed from Queen Juliana to Queen Beatrix.
My mandala uses the Dutch colours–the national colour is orange and the flag is red, white and blue. The touch of green represents the foliage of the red 'tulips' (cluster stitches).
Marinke designed vivid mandalas and other items. Her bright colours and simple patterns are very appealing. Whenever I needed something to brighten my day, a quick visit to A Creative Being was enough to draw a smile. I am so sad that even the most beautiful and brightest of crochet was unable to pervade the depths of Marinke's depression to save her.
Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence (web site) is facilitating the #MandalasForMarinke remembrance project to honour Wink and raise awareness about depression after fighting her own battles against the 'black dog'.
Marinke, Kathryn and me all passionately believe in crochet as a wonderful healing therapy. The #MandalasForMarinke project is a current example as it is helping Kathryn and other crocheters to channel grief after the loss of Wink.
My Dutch Mandala has been made as much to support Kathryn's initiative as it is a tribute to an influential crocheter who will be sadly missed around the globe.
Links and References
ACCROchet, "Remembering Wink" by Julie, blog post, 30 June 2015: http://www.accrochet.com/2015/06/30/remembering-wink/
#MandalasForWink online tribute photographic project.
A Creative Being, "Goodbye, Not Farewell" by Tinc, blog post, 29 June 2015: http://www.acreativebeing.com/2015/06/29/goodbye-not-farewell/
Lupey Loops, "A Tragic Twenty-four Hours", blog post, 3 July 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/a-tragic-twenty-four-hours.html
Much Loved, "Memorial to Wink: 1984-2015", web page: http://wink.muchloved.com/
This is an official memorial to Wink.
Slump, Marinke, "I Love Holland", crochet pattern, A Creative Being, 24 April 2013: http://www.acreativebeing.com/2013/04/24/i-love-holland/
- Boho Crochet: 30 Hip and Happy Projects, (English) paperback, ISBN 9781604685510, ISBN-10 1604685514, Martingale, USA, 17 February 2015: http://www.booktopia.com.au/boho-crochet-marinke-slump/prod9781604685510.html
- Hippie-chic Haken: 30 kleurrijke patronen geïnspireerd op de sixties en de seventies, (Dutch) paperback, ISBN 9789089985361, The Netherlands, 30 April 2015: http://www.librero.nl/nieuw-binnen/hippie-chic-haken/978-90-8998-536-1/2504 or http://www.boek.be/boek/hippie-chic-haken
- Boho Crochet: 30 Gloriously Colourful Projects Inspired by Traditional Folk Style, (English) paperback, ISBN 9781845435622,
ISBN-10 1845435621, Apple Press, Great Britain, available in Australia 17 July 2015: http://www.booktopia.com.au/boho-crochet-marinke-slump/prod9781845435622.html
- Crochet Mandalas, (English) paperback, ISBN 9780486791357,
ISBN-10 0486791351, Dover Publications, USA, available in Australia 28 August 2015: http://www.booktopia.com.au/crochet-mandalas-marinke-slump/prod9780486791357.html
Vercillo, Kathryn, "#MandalasForMarinke: Crochet Project in Memory of Wink from A Creative Being", blog entry, Crochet Concupiscence, 29 June 2015: http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2015/06/mandalasformarinke-crochet-project-in-memory-of-wink-from-a-creative-being
Post Scriptum 5 October 2015
Vercillo, Kathryn, "Jodie's Crochet MandalasForMarinke", blog entry, Crochet Concupiscence, 3 Otober 2015: http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2015/10/jodies-crochet-mandalasformarinke/
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