If you follow me on social media, you know about my cancer. If you don’t, here’s whats going on. In mid April I was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It was a shock. I’d not been feeling well for a couple of months but I never imagined it was so serious. It was just a jumble of non-descript symptoms that I could manage with over the counter medication.
I’m now receiving chemo. Have had four rounds and have a couple more to do. We are all optimistic that I will see remission at the end of my treatments.
But this is truly the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. I’ll spare you the details because they aren’t pleasant. In addition to the physical trials, I find myself constantly looking for solace. It was no surprise that I found it in art making.
But I have to admit that I find it curious that people are surprised to find I’m still making things. I think the thing to keep in mind is that what I’m doing now are what I affectionately refer to as Sofa Art. Meaning I can sit on my bum with the TV on and slowly make things. None of it is strenuous but very much needed.
Here’s what I have going on right now.
I made a square bowl out of a piece of thick felt and I’ve been adding hand stitched details to a pile of little felt balls that will fill it up (eventually).
Plus it gives me a use for ends of threads that are too short to wind onto cards but too big to toss.
And of course I’m still plugging away at my series of 52 collages. I’m up to #33. I need to get a flatbed scanner so I can actually get good images of all of them but for now, here’s a bird’s eye view of some of them.
Some of them are silly. Some are serious. But they are all quirky little snapshots of oddity that I love. They are 4″x6″ cards which makes them the ideal Sofa Art to make. Although Carter does have complaints when they take over and he has no where to lay. Normally he just plops down right on top of them and it’s a gamble as to whether or not I have everything glued down.
I’ve always known that art holds a very central special place in my heart. But this particular time in my life has shown me how necessary it is. I’m not making anything earth shattering and it’s all quite simple (I get tired extremely easily so I work in super short sessions) but it is helping keep me calm and a wee bit less stressed.
Art really does save!