About Circles of Life rings
The concept of Circles of Life began in 2006 with the completion of a large interactive sculpture, Vortex, envisioned, created and erected on Tamarama beach, Sydney as part of the 2006 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. This was a beautiful and amazing time in my life, and realising the sculpture felt like a miracle along with the miracle of my newborn son, Joey. Joey’s father created me a piece of jewellery from a piece of aluminium tube used in the sculpture, and engraved it with the words ‘Vortex 2006’. I wore the piece as a pendant and loved both the piece itself and what it represented. I called it a Circle of Life. When two close friends lost people they loved, I offered to make them one as a memento. But various challenges meant those pieces were never completed and ‘Circles of Life’ sat on my to do list for many years.
In 2015 I purchased a ring made from a typewriter ‘SHIFT’ key. I saw the word ‘SHIFT’ as a reminder to look at things from a different perspective. My focus at the time was a dream of creating Cloudscape, a large, immersive public sculpture sculpture piece inviting all ages to explore, connect and play. The piece was accepted to be in the 2016 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition and I was determined to make it happen. I still yet to make this sculpture piece happen, though the dream is still alive.
In 2016, with renewed focus I made the Circles of Life a focus. I sourced some stainless steel rings that I loved and a way of stamping words into them, and the first Circles of Life rings were created.
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Words | Circles | Life is a creative small business
located near Bellingen on the mid north coast of NSW in Australia.
Inspired to create Circles of Life rings to help people experience a clearer vision for their life.
About Charmaine Grace
Explorer, Seeker, Wonderer,
Dreamer, Writer, Maker.
Study is my obsession.
Solitude is my escape.
I’m practicing being present more with people.
I like to stay open to all perspectives.
I’m training myself to feel.
I’m learning to appreciate boundaries.
I’m practicing speaking my truth.
I’m facing my fears.
I’m releasing my attachments.
I’m being enlightened.
I grew up in Sydney, Australia with my mum and younger sister Vanessa.
My big vision is the creation of public sculpture pieces that invite all ages to explore, play and connect. I’ve been on the journey to create Cloudscape since 2015. It is a whimsical piece that invites people to connect, play and open up to new perspectives. It is an idealistic vision for world peace.
I studied architecture over a period of 15.5 years and always designed organic buildings.
I’ve trained in aikido since 1998. It always offers me new ways to grow, explore and understand the world, as well as helping me to be more aware of my body, to stretch, and to connect playfully with others.
I’m 5 with a 4 wing on the Enneagram.
I’m obsessed with the Enneagram.
I would benefit from doing more gardening (note to self).
I’m always seeking clarity.
Music can be inspiring and add such richness to life.
I have daily rituals that help me to stay on track.
Writing helps me clear my mind.
I’ve always been searching for ‘the meaning of life’ (right now I think it’s a circle).
After a lifetime of avoiding intimacy I have started opening up more to people, including as a care worker in a nursing home. Connecting with people is an aspect of Life that I have previously avoided. Having always been extremely private, expressing myself publicly is both profoundly challenging and also liberating.