The inspiration for this neck pillow came from a classic Kyoto-style pillow that the artist had and used and loved for many years. They were traditionally placed on a wooden support and used by Geisha to protect their elaborate hairstyles, but this is intended more as neck and head support, minus the tall (and purportedly uncomfortable!) wooden stand.
When the pillow is placed under your neck, as the weight of your head relaxes onto it, you will feel tension at the base of your skull releasing, and your cervical vertebrae relaxing and gently opening, thereby improving circulation to the neck and head. All things good for your brain, neck and central nervous system.
The circular pattern that resembles a Sun, is in fact Dia’s understanding of and depiction of ‘Consciouness’, as in Universal Consciousness. It represents the idea that the Universe itself is in fact Conscious, and that all things of material form are mere representations of this Universal Consciousness. Humans themselves are sensate projections of this Consciousness, radiating out from it, and experiencing and learning from the ‘reality’ we are perceiving. And then, when our time is over, we are simply ‘reabsorbed’ to this Sphere of Consciousness.
You Are Here
On all of her circular designs, Dia tends to stitch one stitch a different colour. This is intended to represent the individual within the collective. It is to remind you that you are a unique and one of a kind being, while at the same time, you are a part of a collective and really nothing all that special. It’s meant to instill some level of grounding and perspective in this overwhelming world.