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Design Inspirations- Ideas, art and practitioners that inspire our mala bead designs

Welcome to my design inspiration page. I have often been asked about my design process and decided to post this page for a behind the scenes look at where my work comes from.

I grew up surrounded by aesthetics and fashion. My mother was a fashion designer in Toronto and founded her own company in 1984. Her fashion designs were on the runways of New York City and Toronto, and sold in stores throughout Canada. In 1990, she became an instructor at the George Brown School of Fashion, until she passed away in 1997. I design to keep her memory and legacy alive. All of my designs come from my daily yoga and meditation practice. As various feelings, reflections, and inspirations arise I transform them, by finding art and aesthetic expressions that speak to me. My designs combine mala beads to express these aesthetics.  On this page you will find collages of images, ideas, and aesthetics that inspire my work with mala beads.

Tender Shoots Mala – Designed March 2013

The Tender Shoots Mala was inspired by the lovely green color of new buds in the spring, and the Pantone color pallet for Spring 2013. Yellow Turquoise mala beads are the exact color of fresh spring green, and this design includes 108 yellow turquoise mala beads. This design is finished with a Tibetan silver lotus bud, symbolic of new flowers emerging and new beginnings.

Tender Shoots Spring 2013

 

Audrey Mala Necklace- Designed January 2013

The Audrey mala necklace is an elegant design, made with inspiration from the iconic elegance of Audrey Hepburn. It is made from 108 black onyx mala beads and amazonite mala beads. It is completed with a one of a kind glass pendant guru by Creative Flow that has swirls of Tiffany blue and gold within black glass. These Buddhist prayer beads are best for developing inner strength, willpower, and finding inner freedom. The colors are dark, elegant, fresh, and original.

Audrey Mala Necklace Inspiration

Song Mala Necklace- Designed December 2012

The song mala necklace is a striking design, made with the intention of strength and beauty. It is made from 108 black onyx mala beads and it is completed with a one of a kind glass pendant guru by Creative Flow. These Buddhist prayer beads are best for developing inner strength, willpower, and discipline. The colors are dark, striking, beautiful, alluring, bold, and feminine. Garnet beads are used to bring out the deep red heart that is the centrepiece of this mala necklace.

Song Mala Design Inspiration

Wind Mala Necklace- Designed December 2012

The wind mala necklace is a beautiful design, made with the intention of finding stillness and deeper meditation in a moving world. It is made from 108 lapis lazuli mala beads and completed with a one of a kind glass pendant guru by Creative Flow. These mala beads are best for deepening meditation, developing inner vision, and promoting royal virtue.

Wind Mala Necklace- Design Inspiration

Tree of Life Mala Necklace- Designed August 2012

The tree of life mala necklace is a design inspired by the beautiful forests of Salt Spring Island. Made with the intention of finding connection with nature and the earth. It is made from 108 jade mala beads and completed with an antiqued tree of life guru. These mala beads are best for friendship, luck, and harmony with nature.

Tree of Life Mala Necklace- Design Inspiration
Please check back again soon, for new boards of my design inspirations.