13 August 2015

Raising Awareness for Depression #MandalasForMarinke

I think it is only fitting that one of the first posts on my new crochet blog should be about the wonderfully compassionate project Mandalas for Marinke, in which crocheters from around the globe come together and make a mandala to raise awareness for depression.

As most of the international crochet community (on Instagram, Facebook and various blogs) will know by now, the very inspiring Marinke (Wink) from A Creative Being has passed away after having lost her battle with depression. I had only come across her work two months before this very sad news and was just starting to get to know her work. I had never made a large mandala before and it is really sad that the very first one I made (the pink and purple Home Mandala designed by Marinke herself) was for the Mandalas for Marinke project. Sad....but to be part of such a great project is also inspiring because in raising awareness for depression the very generous crochet community has once again come together. There is so much we can do to bring some love and light.

The organizer of the project is Kathryn from San Francisco. She has wonderful plans with all the mandalas sent from all over the world: an exhibition, a book and much more. All to raise awareness for depression. If you would like more details on this project, please visit http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com

Participating in this has really got me interested in doing charity crochet and participating in yarnbombs that raise awareness for important and often underexposed issues like homelessness, invisible diseases and poverty. One of my next posts will be about the various projects and organizations you and I can contribute to to support people on their difficult journeys through life.

the curio crafts room mandala depression awareness

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