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During my two years in Philadelphia, I became obsessed with disease. Specifically, I became constantly aware of the interactions between people and the spread of disease. That obsession, as well as a new-found interest in embroidery led 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 constantly in on everyone’s minds.

The legs are made of typewriter parts

Herpes measures: roughly 5" around by 4.5" tall

Herpes: Hand embroidered plush STD bug sculpture


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: thread, fabric, fiber fill, typewriter parts, wire
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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  • Favorited by: 56 people