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Mandala meets Easter eggs (04/02/2014)
By Amelia Wedemeyer


     Photo provided by Heather Bach

. Winona’s Heather Bach, who creates mandala artwork under the name of Lunamada, will be featured in the Easter Sunday edition of USA Weekend.

Work of local artist Heather Bach to be in USA Weekend

It was not until recently that local Winona artist Heather Bach, who creates artwork under the name Lunamada — luna (Spanish for moon) and amada (Spanish for beloved) — realized that the intricate swirls, teardrop shapes and circles adorning her mandala artwork looked quite similar to the Easter tradition she participated in as a child. Her mandalas, detailed circular designs that have spiritual meaning in various cultures and are used to represent the universe, suddenly reminded her of the hours she spent creating Ukrainian Easter eggs — pysanky — in honor of her grandmother’s heritage.

“I just recently started putting mandalas on Easter eggs,” Bach explained. “I used to do Ukrainian Easter eggs as a kid, and one night it occurred to me that I could put a mandala on an egg!”

Although Bach is new to the egg medium for her mandala artwork, her years spent designing pysanky, which started around the time she was eight, have served her well. In fact, her mandala egg artwork, with its spindly designs and soft colors, will be featured in the upcoming Easter Sunday edition of “USA Weekend.”

“I heard that they were looking for submissions for decorated eggs, so I submitted an egg,” she recalled, “and the next thing I knew the editor was asking if I had time to talk.”

For Bach, using her prior experiences making pysanky to help create her mandala eggs is in itself a meaningful process. “I love the circles theme,” she explained. “I felt that Ukrainian egg process come back in mandalas. It makes perfect sense to me that it comes back to the egg.”

While Bach has yet to find out what the future holds in terms of her mandala artwork, she intends to continue to create her Lunamada designs on eggs, jewelry, magnets, paper and even metal. “It is really exciting,” she said of having her work featured in a national publication.

Whether her mandala artwork features bright reds and yellows or more serene blues and purples, what Bach enjoys the most is creating the intricate details of the spiritual drawings, which represent her current life as a businesswoman as well as her past as a child spending time with her grandmother.

“I’ve always had a creative side to me,” Bach explained, “and it’s coming back full circle.”

Lunamada designs may be found at https://lunamada.com/ and at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Lunamada. 

 

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