Featured Artist: Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

June 10, 2010 By: admin Category: Sacred Art

White Tara by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

Meeting White Tara

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is an American textile artist working in a Tibetan tradition. In her fabric thangkas, the sacred Buddhist images of Tibetan thangka paintings are rendered in vivid mosaics of silk. Most thangkas are painted on canvas, then framed in brocade. But in Leslie’s thangkas, the images themselves are stitched patchworks of satin and brocade.

Leslie’s  travels took her to India where she volunteered in the Tibetan exile community. There, she discovered Tibetan appliqué and entered a four-year traditional apprenticeship to learn to create these sacred cloth images herself. Eighteen years later, Leslie is still one of the only westerners to have mastered this rare art. Leslie’s story is the focus of the 2008 documentary film, Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas, which tracks her creation of a Green Tara thangka. In everything she does, Leslie’s aim is to help people create beautiful, inspiring spaces for their lives and to use all of life’s opportunities to become free to live joyfully.

Lotus Thangka by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

Lotus

To see more of Leslie’s prints and original thangka quilts visit her page in our Sacred Art Gallery.

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