As an Artist & Designer engaging in different mediums from fashion, jewelry, painting, writing, interior & environmental design to working within diverse aspects of the Alternative Health & NGO fields, B has gathered a broad spectrum of knowledge, which vitalizes her practice.
The influence of ancient cultures mixed with the most modern design concepts imports an unconventional finesse to her ideas. One of these, the ancient technique of carved cinnabar-colored lacquer jewelry & boxes has always intrigued her and in a roundabout way brought her to Feng Shui as an important addition to her design practice.
Cinnabar represents the deep, dark Earth energies of the feminine, grounding the solar energy of the masculine; the connection of Heaven and Earth. The rich, deep red, so evocative of those ancient Chinese lacquer pieces cherished by collectors, becomes a metaphor in Feng Shui’s use of this substance. In Chinese symbolism, cinnabar (vermilion) and gold are regarded as the two harmonious colours of joy and prosperity.
The natural Earth science of Feng Shui, literally translated as “wind-water,” is a Chinese-Taoist-Bon philosophical system of harmonizing the elements within an environment. In Feng Shui practice, cinnabar is often used in very small doses mixed with other elements for blessings, transcendental enhancements and seals and to balance and sanctify a space. Working with a very small dose has powerful healing effects. This concept has a close connection to the methods used in Homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, in which certain elements are considered toxic in large quantities, yet when used in minute doses they can trigger profound healing.