Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another Little Jizo

I was very excited late yesterday when my friend Petra showed me this little Jizo that she had made using my button. It's a little cotton mobile with a piece of Tibetan prayer flag for the back of the doll. The face of little Jizo is her own water colour painting.

Some of you may recall from my previous post that little Jizo is a Zen bodhisattva usually protrayed as a child monk. He is thought of as a protector of children, women and travellers. It just seems so appropriate that this child bodhisattva would have a playfull button belly button. I love this and I am quite taken with little Jizzo.

You can see more of Petra's work on Etsy and more of the stories on her blog.

Thank you, Petra, for using the button in such a special way and introducing me to Little Jizo.

8 comments:

Tammy and Rob said...

Isn't that coolest?! I really like it too!

hint said...

LeAnn thanks so much for introducing Petra to my shop. I love this little Jizo and have learned something new about Zen Buddhism! I'm devouring her blog :)

SummersStudio said...

Beth, I'm so happy you found this new thing. Petra is very special and I love her translation of Zen Buddhism into art.

sharon said...

Great post LeAnn, and thanks for sharing some culture. I just love this. I think we should be neighbors, or are you sure we are not sisters?!! The train of thought is becoming scary!! I just finished ordering some sari silk from Objects and Elements to try to incorporate fabric or fiber in my work, and when I saw the sari silk it immediately reminded me of the Tibetan prayer flags in Nepal. I instantly found an emotional connection with the silk and religion, which I'm also working on. About 10 years ago, my brother and his now ex-wife traveled to, and hiked the Himalayas in Nepal for 3 weeks. The photos of the prayer flags everywhere and the people he met are so incredible! I hope to copy some of his photos to share with you....another world, another beautiful place.....ahhh. Then I read your blog and we are thinking alike again! I like the way you think!!

stregata said...

LeAnn,
Thank you for sharing this! Love the little Jizo with your button! Seems to be such a peaceful little doll!

SummersStudio said...

Sharon, I would love to be your neighbor! Such chats we could have. I'm very drawn to many things that come out of Tibet and a lot of Asian/Buhdist thought.

Renate, I love Petra's work. All of it has calm and peace about it.

Lilla Jizo said...

I am speechless... So many beautiful words! Thanks LeAnn, for introducing my Jizo to your friends! :)

Marbella Designs said...

I am finally able to come into your blog and comment on that little Jizo. It's beautiful and I'm looking forward to checking out Petra's blog. Thanks for the post.