Monday, February 21, 2011

Lord of the Ganas; Ganesha

Sometimes in life we just need a little help to get by...something to believe in and to help us regain hope! In Indian culture, Lord Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles, and bestows upon you wisdom, courage, and confidence to start new enterprises. He removes obstacles and assists people in reaching their goals.
 I am in need of some assistance in all these areas, and I also needed some stress-relief, which for me, is always making something. I thought this was a win-win project because sewing relaxes me and the end result would be a good-luck charm in my life endeavors.  :D
 I had to take one last writing intensive class when I was still in school, and Hinduism Art History was the only class that I could take that would also fulfill my art history minor. I was dreading the class and had zero interest, initially. Low and behold though, I ended up LOVING it and continued the coursez for the rest of my college career and I still study it on my own time to this day. I found Ganesha to be absolutely fascinating and I love all his legends and everything he represents. I truly find him to be good juju, and I have a small Ganesha Altar. Now I just have a really cute Ganesha to cuddle with! 

He is loaded with symbolism, and I included quite a bit even though he is very simplified from most traditional images. Here is a breakdown of what I have on him:
I plan to make him a few accessories that go with him that are apart of his iconography:

Ax- To cut off all bonds of attachment
Rope- To pull you nearer to the highest goal
Felt fruit- Prasada offerings
Mouse- Desire; keeping it under control and do not allow it to take you for a ride. It is the vehicle of Ganesha, or i.e. animal ally.

I love finding inspiration in everything and that Hinduism class I was dreading so much turned out to be truly a life-changing experience for me. I wish for everybody to be able to have the same experiences in life with whatever it is they love. <3
Good luck! 


Avery said...

He may be the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen before! You are really taking the crafting world by storm (I am super jealous), first all of your fantabulous drawings, papercrafting and whatnot and now all of your sewn critters? Amazing!

AlphaBetsy said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Your talent with stuffies is astounding.

Nessa the Procrastinator said...

This is truly amazing. Ganesha overlooks my craft room. :)

Audrey said...

Wow! This is really amazing! I can't believe it! You are so talented!!

jeanette8042 said...

Great plush and I love how much it means to you!

AlwaysInspired said...

I love Ganesh! I made a dotee Ganesh and that is one of the things I wish I would have kept for myself!
Your's is super great! I love all of the detail.

Jaclyn Trecartin said...

I like this so mucj!

AlishaMisha said...

Absolutely beautiful <3

Kira said...

This is AMAZING, Alexz! When I get behind on my blog reading, I miss awesome things like this! Really awesome, seriously! And congratulations on getting featured!!!