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« on: November 03, 2007 06:59:27 PM »

While googling for this project I came across an article on Taoism that dealt specifically with the principle of harmony and change, yin-yang. The author described the principle and went on to discuss how the two are not separate or in conflict, they are actually interdependent and essentially one creates the other.  He says:

That which shrinks must first expand. That which fails must first be strong. That which is cast down must first be raised." Lao Tzu is telling us that life is a process. There is constant change, one thing flowing into another, one thing becoming another. Furthermore, within this constant change is a recognizable cyclical pattern, like the alternating of day and night or the turning of the seasons. For all things there is a natural expansion and contraction, on both the most minute and grandest levels. It is the breathing pattern of life itself.

That idea of change leading to harmonious balance stuck with me. I started looking for pictures to use but all I kept coming up with were opposites. I got frustrated and figured Id put the project out of my mind for a while with the help of my trusty friend, shopping. I hopped on over to threadless.com to browse through their catalog and I found a t-shirt called H2Os Sacrifice by Ryan Lin (pictured at the bottom).

It had everything I was looking for! Life, death, night, day, nature, harmony, balance, rebirth. It was just perfect.

So, without further ado, here is my entry:

The making of shot:

Blue one:

Yellow one:





In action:

Ryan Lin's picture:

« Last Edit: November 03, 2007 07:02:14 PM by Lilyvanilli - Reason: To fix pictures » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2007 07:11:22 PM »

Ooooooo!!! I'm so impressed by this!!

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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2007 08:06:48 PM »

Like OMG where do I vote?

They turned out really good, I like the yellow on blue better I think. I like the color ratio.

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2007 08:13:45 PM »

It looks fabulous! The first thing that popped into my head upon seeing that picture was that it would make a really awesome tattoo. Great job!

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2007 08:15:42 PM »

That's wonderful! You found the PERFECT picture for this. I do believe I'm going to steal that picture and come up with something of my own to make with it. Wonderful job.

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2007 08:39:58 PM »

This is crazy-awesome! I wasn't going to vote, but now that I've seen yours, I'm going to have to!  Fantastic Job Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2007 09:37:05 PM »

So much thought went into this project. I'm impressed with all of the symbolism. They turned out gorgeous.

« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2007 10:18:02 PM »

Damn Lily thats awsome! i would never have the time, or the patients, to do something like that!

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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2007 05:34:47 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2007 06:01:30 AM »

I love them! I have no idea how you managed to have such fine stitches! I guess I'm really impatient and tend to make mine huge...  Smiley
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