ONE to be taken DAILY

Since my mental health diagnosis I’ve been required to medicate myself by taking one pill a day, for what will be the foreseeable future. This medication controls my symptoms but can also come with unwanted side affects and for me taking the medication is somewhat of an on-going battle or chore.

I decided to take my used pill packets as an art material and recycle them into an artwork which showed the endurance of my daily intake of pills. With these used pill packets I’ve made my own ‘sequins’, and have sewn them into an embroidery composition on a hoop, each representing a month of the year of 2015. I’ve used sequins in previous works, and as an artist I’m drawn to their circular decorative qualities, when made from the pill packets they have a medical appearance but still nod to traditional embroidery techniques and I quite liked this mix of ideas. On the artwork I’ve sewn diamantes inside the pill packet sequins, these represent my little blue pills and I’ve documented the month name with backstitch embroidery.

‘ONE to be taken DAILY’ has been an on-going series to document my monthly intake of pills. I hoped this act will add to a sense of mindfulness and therapeutic practice, and in a way heighten the positive effects of my medication. Embroidery itself is a very therapeutic act and therefore helps my general wellbeing; all in all, the whole creative practice of making this artwork has become a positive experience.

 

“ONE to be taken DAILY “

Embroidery hoops, pvc, embroidery threads, pill packets, diamantes. (2015-2016)

 

“ONE to be taken DAILY “

(February Detail)

Embroidery hoops, pvc, embroidery threads, pill packets, diamantes. (2015-2016)

 

“ONE to be taken DAILY” 

(April Detail)

Embroidery hoops, pvc, embroidery threads, pill packets, diamantes. (2015-2016)