So I get asked a lot when people meet me at events and stalls, "what inspired you? How did you come up with this design? How did you come up with the name? Tell me it all..." and so, comes the purpose of this (and future) blogs - "The Story Behind".
Synergy wasn't the very first mandala I drew, there was 2 prior ones of which my 'Ik Onkaar Mandala' took one of those first 2 designs and had the mandala digitalised before it was shared with family first, and then you amazing humans.
No, Synergy was the third design I'd come up with, but the first one that had this level of intricacy which laid the foundations of all my mandalas going forward.
You see, I'm obsessed with detail. The little things. The hairlines that make up a backbone, and Synergy for me was one that tested me but also surprised me in the sense that I didn't even know I was capable of putting together so much detail into one piece, and it working. Yes, surprising as it seems, I was bloody scared doing it and baffled by the time I finished it.
But it held meaning, it was the first time since college (2012-2014) where I felt at peace, truly relaxed and just at one with myself creating again. And with this piece, I just let myself go into full flow, full force, just focusing on each ring and the shapes and elements that seemed to just fit with them as I went, not even imagining what the ultimate end result was.
So now you know how it formed, I guess you're thinking "alright so where did Synergy come from then?". Well, truth be told, I didn't even know the word existed before I googled it thinking "did I just make up a random word praying it was true?" and yes, it's a word and I felt pretty proud of myself.
So my naming convention for my pieces is usually based either on the prominent feature of the design or more commonly, the first word that pops into my head (and occasionally yours when I put it out to the gram to help me name). And so, Synergy popped up. I googled (as you do), and learnt it stood for 'the combined power of a group of things when they are working together that is greater than the total power achieved by each working separately'.
And it just made sense to me. It defined my whole flow in one word - the combination of elements working together to achieve something so amazing, so powerful, so strong than it ever could be if a single shape was by itself.
Because we know (or at least I hope we know) that mandalas represent the universe and how everything is connected and that in itself holds so much power. We underestimate the action we took today could impact so many others including ourselves, maybe not even today or tomorrow but in 10 years time. We all say 'karma - what goes around comes back around', and it's all linked!
But adding the basis of the universe and how everything is connected with the power of synergy and recognising the force of multiple elements combined into one - it defined my number one favourite and ultimate power piece. To the extent, this mandala is the only one I can actually meditate with and zone out to - personal insight into me and how complex my mind is at times really but its the only one of my pieces that ever brings my mind back into focus, back into a state of being manageable where I can breathe and crack on again.
And there lied the birth of Synergy. One word, one (technically the third) mandala that I drew that laid the foundation of where I've built my skill, my passion and my underlying love for mandalas and absolutely all things intricate in my work.
For those who wish to, you can shop prints of Synergy 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