I Want to be a Mermaid 20x15x12
Where is your happy place? What do you focus on? She was conceived during a CT scan.
 

I'M FINE. HOW ARE YOU?

Invisible diseases expressed in felted fiber art.


Wet felted mountain scene. The waterfall eye is tussah silk, muga silk, and mulberry silk.

The Scream by Edvard Munch in wool. Wet felted with most of the fiber from my own hand-dyed collection. Needle felted details.

Guests will be able to peer through the eyes of the needle felted mask & into the mirror on the wall. Type your paragraph here.

Needle felted sloth, no wire armature, with alpaca fur.  I was given the Alf doll on my deathbed at the Cleveland Clinic in 1986. I had/have Croh's disease that was misdiagnosed for so long that I had a 2 mo. hospital stay & lost my large intestine. 

Wet felted wool painting with needle felted overlay & details. Fine silk rovings were wet felted for the waterfall.
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I feel like I'm dying. My pain level is an 8 & never goes below a 5. It hurts to brush my hair. How are you?

My series deals with the feelings and emotions of invisible diseases. My pieces are needle felted and wet felted from wool and other animal fibers. This series is ongoing. I am giving a visual to what so many find difficult to explain. I have Crohn's disease, asthma, chronic fatigue, and have endured horrific chronic pain for the last four years, so I can relate well to many IDCs (invisible disease carriers). I have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia on the table at the moment.

I have spent many hours in medical waiting rooms needle felting. People come to visit & describe not only their feelings & emotions but the frustration in the fact that they are not taken seriously by many because they LOOK fine. We are not fine. 

I hope to show this work at a hospital with an art program. I find it soothing to look at the artwork at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Michigan Medical Center. I hope to help others in the same way, especially to my fellow IDCs.