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During my two years in Philadelphia, I became obsessed with diseases. Specifically, I became constantly aware of the interaction of people and the spread of disease. That obsession, as well as a new-found interest in embroidery lead to this series of embroidered, stuffed and legged STDs.

The process of embroidery is detailed and intensive, making precious the object of the picture. Most things embroidered ARE precious and pretty in a conventional way. I wanted to use this property of embroidery to emphasize the opposing properties of disease, especially these diseases which are considered shameful and hidden yet remain in some capacity forefront in the mind.

The legs are made of typewriter parts

The Syphilis bug is about 7" (18 cm) round and 2" tall

Syphilis: Hand-embroidered plush STD Bug sculpture


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: embroidery thread, fuzzy fabric, typewriter parts, wire, fiber fill
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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