The Story Behind: Medallion

Mandala The Story Behind

Designed in October 2017, Medallion was an all digital based mandala which just reminded me to look at things from another perspective. Designed after Fundamental and while my mindset was already undergoing work and change, Medallion reminded me about the flip side to everything.

I guess you could see it as maybe it was my head subconsciously making me think about the negatives of me moving as much as I was focusing on the positives, cause and impact, however we want to call it - it basically was a way of me reminding myself to keep myself in check, keep myself grounded, remember there's a balance to the universe, even if we don't see that straight away. Being the follow on from 'Fundamental', which you can read the story behind here, which taught me to dive deep, Medallion was the one that kept my sanity in check, without me realising it at the time. 

So let me give you some context - where my thought trail stemmed from with this as I shared the post first on social media with the caption:

"The definition, the detail, the finer print. The most overlooked things in life are always the sweetest, the most precious. "Medallion" mandala:
I don't know why, it reminded me of a medallion, and how there's always a flip side to everything, how we're always living by the idealism of guarantees, of promises, of hope, but we never actually know what's around the corner. 
We learn to make the best of every situation, no matter how big or small, we live for those we love the most, we learn to appreciate the little things in life for that is what matters the most. We learn to love again, but this time love ourselves first..."

We often do forget the little things don't we? The fact that we have people to check up on us and ask how we're doing whilst we get wrapped up and embroiled in everything else going on in our daily lives. That we have people there to call friends and family, a roof over our head, food on the table, all arms and legs. It's funny, because I think of medallion and I remember Pirates of the Caribbean and when they find the Isle de Muerte with all the gold medallions, and how it was both their lucky yet cursed day at the same time - the flip side. 

Medallion was one for me when designing, I never really knew how I expected this to look, even with it being digital where it's quicker to manipulate the elements, I still wasn't sure what I was expecting the end result to be. But when it was done, all I could do was reflect. 

Being a mandala, we have to remember the grand scheme of things, our place in the universe and how everything all fits in to the bigger picture but we need to remember to go with the flow. Well, Medallion helped to reflect this, in a different sort of way. Similarly to the principles of a Yin Yang - we have to remember there's a flip side to everything. Whilst we entrust in the universe we have to remember to expect the unexpected, understand there's a balance to the world, to our own actions. Each positive will always have a negative, and vice versa, but it's not about focusing on one more than the other, but understanding both to see the bigger picture - the flip sides. 

Designing this digitally gave me a new focus too, moving me away from the depths that produced Fundamental and every other piece so far, Medallion for me as much as it was about grounding, was also about breakthroughs - in every form. Spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically - changing the style, challenging myself to keep my same level of depth but showcased in a new way. Uncovering your own mind and diving inwards isn't necessarily the easiest thing, it's easy to be scared by things you see inside - both good and bad because you begin to reflect on what shaped you into who you are today. But being able to hold your ground while you do so, to aid you on that journey in all 3 spiritual, mental and emotional aspects - that's where the growth really comes in. It's easy to lose ourselves in the mix of this dimension, forget our true selves, our purpose, our nature, get so wrapped up in one mindset or way of life that we forget about everything else. It's never about being so positive minded you never see or become affected by the negatives, but about being able to see both, understand both, accept and move through both with peace. 

So I guess its one where the name came after the piece was done, Medallion was first purely by reference of how it looked to me, but on deeper reflection it was about what it stood for. See most know medallions as symbolisations of what they've overcome, luck, hope, good fortune etc, and whilst this piece can most certainly resemble all of those things by looking back at my own progress and the huge life changing step I was about to take, it was more for me about keeping myself grounded, keeping myself sane whilst I slowly begin to wake up to this dimension and see both sides of every story. It quickly resembles my current life motto (that has been for the last few years), that there is a lesson or a blessing or both in everything.

For those who wish to, you can shop Medallion online here.

Thank you for reading & keep your eyes peeled for future piece meanings being shared across the blog and also socials. Feel free to share your thoughts, comments and even your own interpretations in the comments below or if you wish to let me know privately - I'm always social on emails and my social media channels. 

One love - Simmy. x

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