Magical Yogi Wear original artwork created by hand. All prints for Magical Yogi Wear and Lil's Sparks of Magic are ORIGINAL designs- some are collages from old clip art- but most of them are hand drawn creations that just come out of my head and onto the paper. I use different mediums to create my artwork. Water color pencils and gouache paints are my main mediums. Infusing magical and sacred symbols textile and surface designs is something I have been doing for years. There are many designs I created for US retailers that had hidden symbols in them, only helped them to become huge best sellers. Textiles not only keep us covered but they tell stories. They tell the stories of our dreams and aspirations. For thousands of years textiles have always been covered in sacred and magical symbols all over the world. Most of these textiles are created-woven-embroidered by the women in most cultures around the world. This is Shakti- the feminine creative force. Magical Yogi Wear and Lil' Sparks of Magic follow this ancient tradition of women creating magic for the world.
In the factories of India, one would expect to see the women in drab work clothes, with little or no adornment, but in Northern India the women who quilt and sew wear all their jewelry and their sari's are always colorful and neatly pinned. Even the Dalit women who sweep the floors are in their sari's and adorned.
I realized when I saw these beautiful women that they are the true embodiment of Shakti. In their regal attire, they defy their own banal existence and the drudgery of working in a factory. They flaunt their brightly colored and bangles in defiance of the grey environment around them.
That is the paradox of Mother India which most westerners don't understand. In the mud and filth of India comes out a riot of life, music, dance, color and complete defiance of the material reality which surrounds them. On the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi, you have a carnival of life whirling around you, with hundreds of pilgrims, Sadhus. merchants selling everything from eggplants to Shiva statues, tour guides-total pandemonium, yet at the same time the cremations are going on and families and loved ones are mourning.
The Ganga itself remains strongly tranquil. When you watch the spectacle of life and death on the ghats from the vantage point of sitting in a little row boat floating on the Ganga- there is only peace. Neutral and timeless.
These women working in the factories in their beautiful sari's are a reminder of Shakti. The creative feminine spirit of the universe-always beautiful, full of color and light. Eternal and indestructible!