Wheels of Imagination

Teena and Jacquelyn Grierson are sisters-in-law who fell headlong into the art world. Stepping totally out of their comfort zone, they decided to devote themselves to the creation of kaleidoscopes for the enjoyment of others.

Both raised on farms in southern Alberta, Teena and Jacquelyn grew up living with hardship, but also knowing the freedom of running through fields of wheat, watching young animals come into the world and grow, swimming in cold rivers, hiding in the barn reading a book or sleeping on a fresh bed of hay, and learning to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Teena is the eldest of three siblings, and Jacquelyn is the fourth child of five, so they know what it is to share, love, grieve, and live together as a family.

Creating the kaleidoscopes is a reminder of that freedom they had as youths, and for a moment brings the joy of the past into their present. Teena and Jacquelyn hope you find pleasure in these works of art.

The Kaleidoscope

The kaleidoscope was invented in 1816 by Sir David Brewster of Scotland. While experimenting with prisms and other optical tools, he discovered that beautiful, symmetrical patterns were made when loose pieces of glass and other objects were reflected by mirrors and/or lenses in a tube-like instrument. In the early 1870's an American, Charles Bush, improved upon the kaleidoscope and started the kaleidoscope fad. Most noteworthy about his kaleidoscope were the glass pieces contained in the object case - a mix of about 35 pieces, a third of which were liquid-filled. Inside the liquids were air bubbles that continued to move even after the object case was at rest.

The kaleidoscope is an instrument that freely generates infinite numbers of mandalic images and concentrates the mind upon these images in such a way that the eye passes into a perceptual frontier. In this new frontier, the mind encounters images of integration and wholeness which express the idea of refuge, of inner reconciliation and wholeness. Thus the kaleidoscope becomes significant as a source of healing, self-integrating ritual. The viewer is placed in the centre of an experience which demonstrates the unity and inter-relatedness of all form in an organic whole. To the extent that the viewer immerses himself and identifies with the images presented, he experiences his own inner states of being as rhythmic, colourful displays of colour and light.

Kaleidoscopes may be beneficial to your emotional comfort. A two-mirrored kaleidoscope creates a "mandala," which is considered to be beneficial and most often used in meditation. Every living thing depends upon light to build and maintain its form. Light brings about chemical changes in the body; therefore, light, whose source is solar energy, is one of nature's greatest healing forces. Think about keeping a small kaleidoscope on your desk at work and using it for mini-breaks to relax mind, soul and body.

Teir artwork in represented by Rowles & Company Ltd., Alberta's Corporate Gift & Art Gallery, in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


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