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Lilyvanilli
« 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:



Day:



Night:



Life:



Death:



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Ryan Lin's picture:


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« 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.
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« 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 »

WOW - Selkie
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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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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2007 08:12:16 AM »

Omg I have that shirt from threadless.
Thats amazing.
Those stitches are soo teeny tiny!!
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2007 11:24:14 AM »

Totally love this! In my opinion, the first project in this challenge that is realy yin yang! Compliments to you!
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2007 11:55:36 AM »

These are b-e-a-utiful!
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2007 01:59:03 PM »

Beautiful! Grin
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2007 02:22:35 PM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2007 05:29:32 PM »

Wow, that's gorgeous!
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« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2007 07:28:37 PM »

Beautiful design and fabulous stitching!
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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2007 06:07:06 AM »

THAT IS AMAZING!!  Great work!
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« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2007 09:33:34 AM »

My jaw dropped at those perfect stitches, wow.
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« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2007 10:14:20 AM »

Those are beautiful, very tasteful and subtle and just beautifully done and what an awesome inspiration photo.
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« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2007 01:01:43 PM »

I love this entry! I have saved the pic on my PC so that I can do something with it as well. Dont know what yet but I really like it. Great job on the pillow cases!
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« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2007 03:58:33 PM »

wow I really really love this design! you interpreted it well
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« Reply #22 on: November 05, 2007 06:31:31 PM »

I REALLY LIKE UR ENTRY!!
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« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2007 03:34:53 AM »

 I'm SOOOOOO in love with this! This is seriously fantastic. I mean it.  Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2007 05:38:14 AM »

OMG!!!!!! wht a great way to represent the theme!!! your work is brilliant!!!
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« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2007 09:11:51 AM »

Thanks for all the nice comments! This project was really fun. Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: November 06, 2007 09:42:46 AM »

Your stitching on these is so precise! Great work - it really compliments the design (I like yours better than the original).
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« Reply #27 on: November 06, 2007 01:38:07 PM »

I love your careful stitches! very meticulously executed from concept to completion
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« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2007 02:00:30 PM »

I think I like the embroidery version better than the original t-shirt!  (although I am on Craftster so I guess I'm biased  Tongue )  But seriously, there is just something about the simplicity of the blue and yellow reversed colors that suits this design really well.  Those rays of light around the sun and moon are just yummy!!  Definitely rocks.
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« Reply #29 on: November 09, 2007 12:23:46 PM »

These are gorgeous - I love the design that inspired you, and how you turned that into something really lovely. It's a traditional take on yin/yang, but without being cliche' or overdone.
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« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2007 01:52:34 PM »

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« Reply #31 on: November 09, 2007 09:35:14 PM »

Wow!  that is soooooo good.  Wonderful symbolism and great stitching.  Beautiful.  I love it!
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« Reply #33 on: November 11, 2007 05:47:27 PM »

omg that is so good. i totally wish i had your talent you lucky duck.

i really like how the white thread looks on the blue fabric
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