Monday, April 23, 2012

Yin Yang - Nature and Design


Being in the design world, this picture speaks worlds to me. The integration of nature and manmade objects, which was actually my Masters thesis, is such a crucial part of design.  However, not only is it important in nature and design, but also within the many layers and levels of our daily lives. Living beside other elements and life forms, and not in lieu of, is vital for balance, unity, and peace. Just like the Yin Yang symbol, which I often refer to while explaining my design decisions to clients:

"Ying Yang is used to describe how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn". "Yin yang are not opposing forces (dualities), but complementary opposites, unseen (hidden, feminine) and seen (manifest, masculine), that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. Everything has both yin and yang aspects as light cannot exist without darkness and vice-versa, but either of these aspects may manifest more strongly in particular objects, and may ebb or flow over time."

Obviously, nature and design is an easier contradiction to attend to than more personal clashes, but you need to start somewhere!  Can you live in peace with your opposites???

Many thoughts ahead, Susan


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