His work is breathtakingly stunning… It really is!
Married to an artist who creates these large scale ‘Thangkas’ has meant, our home is filled with rolls of hand woven/ dyed silk material, silk thread in every colour an shade, countless needles and thimbles.
The details in his pieces are appliqued and embroidered, just the eyes (which he says are the most important part) take near one day to finish.
Threading a needle ignites the passion in my blood... you can often find me, cursing and throwing my work in frustration. I embroidered some detail on a felt bird, a little while ago- and well, lets just say, lucky it was made of felt!
I realised that it takes a person with exceptional patience and dedication to stick at a piece full time, for months. These sort of qualities are a virtue and are not that common, amongst our time, of machines and mass production.
On this trip, we are also going to some wonderful Tibetan Buddhist retreats where, no doubt we will gain countless benefits for our minds and expand our hearts. As well as this, Urgyen has a special commissioned piece to hand over, we are lucky to be able to combine attending teachings with his work.
If you are interested in what a "Thangka" is, the history and process… pop over to his "work in progress" website www.tibetansacredarts.com or check out this link or this.