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Embroidery: Split Spine

4.28.2017

There are almost 200,000 people living in the U.S. who were born with the birth defect Spina Bifida, and I'm one of them.

Spina Bifida literally means "split spine." Spina Bifida happens when a baby is in the womb and the spinal column does not close all the way. There are four different types of Spina Bifida, with varying degrees and types of disability they can cause.

Recently, during a tough time, I decided to make an embroidery piece of a spine, but a 'split spine'--one that never closed. I decided if I just left out the sacral elements, the impact wouldn't be the same, visually. But I also didn't want to try to embroider a meningocele. So I decided to do a flower similar in size. 

I made it for my cubicle, in what I'm going to call my Dark Corner. The rest of my cubicle is pastels and florals, lots of gold and pinks and light. But I have a blank wall that is basically hidden to anyone who isn't inside the cubicle (it's around the corner from the entrance). And in that Dark Corner, I'm putting this piece--my first ever embroidery on dark fabric, and certainly largest piece ever--next to some other black, stark art I've bought. The flower is the only color I intend to have in the 'gallery.' Everything else will be black and gray. It won't fit with the rest of the cubicle, but when have I ever kept to a single theme when it comes to decor?








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