"Art (art, writing, music, sculpture or any other form) is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness .... An artist or a writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world that you are likely to see to a shaman" Alan Moore on magic
"Art is the Door Though Which the Mysteries of Consciousness can be Approached."...Chance Gardner
"The content of the tantras are a witch's brew of magical spells and rituals, yogic instructions and profound teachings, often jumbled fragments which make them unintelligible to the uninitiated. they are like the grimoires of an enlightened wizard whose practices a transcendental magic" Meeting the Buddhas by Vessantara
“Those who see this script will not experience the three lower realms and will be liberated from the fear of falling into the lower realms; will be purified of the five poisons and freed from the results of one’s karma; will be freed from the fear of remaining in samsara.” — Terton Migyur Dorje
* "Dharma is our own reality that we seek to understand fully, to open to fully. Dharma, therefore, also consists of those methods and the teaching of those methods that are the arts and sciences which enable us to open ourselves. The practices that we do, which will open us, which follow those teachings, which implement them in our lives, in our practice, and in our performance, which deploy those arts-they are also Dharma." Robert Thurman
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Find me in the creative collective of Dakini as Art. In galleries from Santa Barbara to Hong Kong and articles in Buddhistdoor Global and Danish Levekunst ("Live art")
Tilly is a mother of three, artist, alchemist, Jungian, Science and non-duality quantum fysiks groupie. An aspiring Völva with a philosopher's mind and lover of nature and natural, deep history, mystery and magic.
I am essentially a Visionary artist I have been creating iconographic art for well over a decade, but painting since childhood. And whilst I can jump from substrate to substrate and medium to medium, I love to paint on diaphanous ahimsa silks that are wrapped over gilded canvases with 24ct gold details. In recent years, my focus, though not exclusively, has been on breathing new life into the traditional feminine Yidams of Buddhism. As a result, I'm honored to be part of a few creative collectives which I will list below. I am also a muser and writer of headier subjects and a regular columnist for a Buddhist magazine based in Hong Kong, bridging an important gap amidst the turmoil since the 1050's.
Half French half British and London born in 1973, my curious childhood, not without its challenges, was spent between France, the cultural bustle of Hampstead, London and the natural calm of the rural British Shires.
My introduction to Buddhism came early in life when Tibetan Geshes escaping their home, moved in to the London family home during the early 1980's, where we become the Manjushri meditation center for a while. Between the playful yet wise Tibetans as well as the array of wonderful western minds that stepped through the door, seeds were planted (or rekindled) that would germinate over the following years. By 1996 Tilly started life as a full time parent to her three children and the seeds were nourished in all sorts of new and unexpected ways. Life lessons and a profoundly curious mind fueled my fascination with alchemy, quantum mechanics and the nature of reality, myth, natural medicines, neuroplasticity and magical symbols and anything related.
By 2009, I was working as a professional artist in France and was the same year I became a qualified practitioner in an art based depth psychology healing tool. This deepened my cognitive understanding of the power of imagery and colour on the emotional body, the psyche and resulting manifestation. Though I also have a natural reverence and adoration of ancient art and artifacts, as if their arcane secrets had been imbued in to the canvas, incubating until the student was ready. It was inevitable that my art would emulate some of that.
My reasons for loving gold and silk is wrapped up in my understanding of Alchemy and the significance of the materials used when using art for something more profound than filling a wall.
As one of the strongest, most enduring and versatile natural protein fibers known to man - from underwear to parachutes, kimonos to wall decoration, the oldest evidence of silk being used by humans seems to actually dates back to 1300 where it was used in weaponry! Silk is tough, durable yet refined and delicate, with that added bonus of its extraordinary versatility.
Art ties us together as a species, ever since the dawn of humanity. There is also an ancient Oriental proverb that states that we are connected by an invisible and unbreakable thread with the people we are destined to meet ( I love this idea) and Silk is one of, if not the strongest and most extraordinary protein fibers found in the natural world. It is organically produced to protect the caterpillar whilst it undergoes its unrecognizable transformation and evolution into its flying ascended form.
Alchemy in action.
As within so without.
Perfect for Alchemical Art.
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