Monday, September 13, 2010

The Silk Thangkas of Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

Manjushri - Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is a contemporary American textile artist working in a Tibetan tradition. In her fabric thangkas, sacred Buddhist images commonly portrayed in Tibetan thangka paintings are rendered in vivid mosaics of silk.

"Leslie is one of few non-Tibetans and probably the only Westerner
to be formally trained in this traditional art form."


Green Tara - Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

How Silk Thangkas are Made - Leslie states that the Thangkas are "...a mosaic or patchwork of silk pieces outlined, cut, and arranged like a jigsaw puzzle to form a precise and intricate image."
http://www.silkthangka.com/the-tradition/technique

Creating Buddhas: The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas - 3:07 YouTube video - this is the trailer for a documentary about Leslie's work
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlAk10Y72qw  
 
Leslie's Blog
http://silkthangka.com/blog/?p=927  

3 comments:

Judys Fiber Art said...

Thank you for posting my tutorial on your very interesting and unusual blog. I will be visiting again, as you really have a wealth of information here.

Leslie said...

Very happy to find this post this morning! Keep spreading the word about textile arts! It's a wonderful thing.

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Leslie, your work is beautiful and unusual and I'm delighted to share it.

Judy, thank "you" for being so willing to share your knowledge and expertise.

Gwen