Fractals, Art & Mysticism
Did you say fractal? What is a fractal, anyway?
From Wikipedia: The term "fractal" was first used by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975, though his discovery was first made in the year 1961 when he worked as a research scientist at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. Mandelbrot based this term on the Latin frāctus, meaning "broken" or "fractured", and used it to extend the concept of theoretical fractional dimensions to geometric patterns in nature.
Time for Change: Thinking back... It was the 1960's and the time was ripe for great change. Old systems of thought were losing ground and something new was coming in, loudly, to the tune of Rock and Roll. Many second-generation Americans, whose families had fled oppression at the turn of the century, embodied this movement with a certain and wild abandon. And thankfully, the system began to crack under the force of these souls as they offered up their truth in the form of music, poetry & art along with new ideas about spirituality from the far east and the indigenous cultures of Americas. Amidst the chaotic events of that period came the beginning of a much-needed shift in consciousness. As the energies rose rapidly and plateaued, the desire for freedom brought about change as well as questions regarding the true nature of freedom. It's no coincidence that fractals were discovered at the birth of this movement. And today, almost sixty years later, though we live in the age of Quantum physics many are still stuck in Newton's world of heavy gravity and finite math. On January, 13th 2020 as I write this, the reality of the infinite mind beckons as we climb a similarly steep slope, ascending along the great spiral path of change.
Art-Speak. When you ask an artist to talk about their process it sounds poetic, mystical, curiously familiar and dreamlike no matter what the creation turns out to be. This is because artists, poets, mystics and creators have known about this deeper stuff for centuries. In contemporary culture, however, there's little if any respectable context for it. So, for us artists, we've done our thing just outside the norm accessing the deeper truths, while society carried on with or without us. It's our calling. We're open to receiving the energetic invitation to enter into states of higher knowing and unity. And if we've tuned our instrument (mind) correctly, it connects us increasingly with all that is. The all-and-the-everything. Often these journeys give us access to knowledge that is otherwise hidden. Best said the art of inner exploration helps all of us recognize the vastness of life and how we may interact with it. Merging with the quantum field of consciousness in purposeful ways is what a true artist does. What comes out is a byproduct of that journey.
True creativity can be a powerful path of healing and its fruits bear the circuitry of the artist's path. When I started designing the Green Alchemista collection, I was working directly with the algorithms of nature. Mathematically speaking, I was working with fractals and the Fibonacci series. I noticed how it brought my busy mind to a halt in the most interesting way. My dreams were filled with moving shapes that both calmed and energized me. I was being instructed by these intelligent forms that appeared as holographic and intelligent fractal formations. Sacred geometry. At the time circumstances outside my control were vying for my attention. I was determined, however, to remain focused on my projects as I created what was to become the Green Alchemista collection. The uniquely quiet space I found myself in was so alive and wonderful I fell in love with it over and over again. It created a healing space within me. And, of course, I was creating with the patterns I saw, not only behind my eyelids but in life. I worked, researched and tested to find the best ways to get my designs onto fabric and apparel so that these designs could be accessible, useful, tactile and wearable. As I brought them to market it became clear that my products were affecting people in positive ways. My designs are relatable and introduce a kind of energetic flow to the observer and/or wearer. It's mind-blowing to watch it in action as people gravitate and interact with certain designs. Fun. Observation of the patterns of nature, both inner and outer, have been a great teacher. It's where I learn about my connection to absolutely everything.
Don't let the mind get in your way, says the intelligence of fractals. The mind loves to define things. It loves to describe and create distractions that take us away from experiencing. Name it, and you can't remember what it is. It then becomes the label, and that satisfies the mind, for a while. However, if we're honest with life, it's the heart that knows, not the mind. When we sense into infinity, which fractal patterns suggest, the mind begins to let go. It relaxes and we become more aligned to coherent patterns that support health and wellbeing. We have the right questions and we have access to the answers that best serve us. Thanks to Benoit Mandelbrot and Fibonacci, a medieval Italian mathematician, science is beginning to bring us home to that truth. 'Fractal' is just a word that begins to describe the infinite patterns of flow, the laws of creation and intelligent life. From every cell in your body to the starry galaxies above, fractal geometry is the stuff of the sacred that is hidden in plain sight. With that in mind, I present a beautiful range of textile designs based on my exploration of the numbers of nature. Enjoy them as you try them on, wear, gift and adorn your home with them. Modern Talismans for the Mind™ From Leslie Montana, The Green Alchemista collection.