Fell Asleep in a Field of Poppies

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Do you remember the American novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” written by L. Frank Baum? The scene when Dorothy falls asleep in the field of poppies is just iconic!


Although the novel is perceived as an innocent fairy tale for children, the characters and symbols in this story can be given a second interpretation, which goes incredibly deep. Dorothy meets many obstacles on her way to self-awareness. The poisonous poppies represent the obstacles she needs to overcome in order to achieve her goals.


The novel is about getting home – getting to yourself. It is about a journey through internal consciousness. It teaches us to become aware of ourselves, and what we can do with the strengths we have inside. The most beautiful adventure begins with ourselves. When we are aware enough, we just start seeking the answers within us.


Irina Madan Self Portrait Art Studio

I created this hand painted blouse for Spring Showcase, Fashion Week San Diego in 2018. I painted myself as falling asleep in a field of poppies.


I have created many personalized dresses and blouses with poppy flowers so far. These stunning flowers have inspired me through their beauty and symbolism during my whole artistic activity. [Find the pictures at the end of the article.]


The radiant red poppy necklace I am wearing has been created by Natalia Apostol – a beautiful girl with a beautiful soul. We both were born in the same small village from Moldova, but we never met in person. Natalia lives in Norway and I live in California. She just contacted me on Facebook, expressing her appreciation for my art. She decided to send me a package. What a kind gesture! I appreciate so much her handmade gift and I want to express my gratitude through this article.


I just love handcrafted things, because they are purely unique and they have a story to tell. And most importantly, I can imagine how much time, energy, and soul a person puts into the creation. This is priceless.

Natalia Apostol Handmade Necklace

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Hand Painted Skirts, Kids Collection 2016

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