Social Networks and Stroke Recovery :: Short Video Review

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
– A.A. Milne (Author of Winnie the Pooh)

This is a short video about my work with Dr. Amar Dhand and his research lab last year.  He was researching the impact of one's social network on their recovery from a stroke. Social network science looks at the effect of networks on the individual as awell as larger corporate structures.  Take a look at the video and if you want to learn more about the project tor become involved yourself then please take a look at my other blog

 


Social Networks and Stroke Recovery Blog

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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science. -- Albert Einstein

I recently started working on a new installation of crocheted mandalas.  They are the visualizations of the data from the research of  my neurologist Dr. Amar Dhand.  As this project is sure to take over my life and develop one of its own, much in the way The Red Thread Project® did, I thought it fitting to create a blog based on this work. I will update it with new mandalas, insights from the research and of course patterns too.  My ultimate goal is to collect 795,000 mandalas,one for each new stroke victim in the United States.  The number is staggering!  This is my way of taking my experience and hopefully sharing with you what I've learned along the way to better health.  So please take a moment to step on over to my new blog and follow its updates.  Thank you!

 


Magic Garden: The Regal Fritillary

Regal Fritillary - photo PA National Guard
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
-- Irish Blessing

My art for the past two years has focused on the prairie flowers of Illinois and the Midwest.  I now turn to the insects that support this fragile ecosystem. The Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia) is a rare butterfly due to 99 % loss of our native tallgrass and has been placed on the endagered species list. My proposal for a 3 foot sculpture dedicated to this gorgeous creature has been accepted into  the public art exhibition, The Magic Garden.  I pick up the fiberglass form on Saturday and have just over two weeks to complete it.  Eeek!  The opening is the first week of May in Highland Park, IL.  By placing such a sculpture in a highly trafficked area, I hope to heighten people’s awareness to both this butterfly and its interdependence on plant life, thus encouraging gardeners to consider planting a few prairie flowers and grasses that would attract it and many other butterflies. 

To read more about the butterflies of the Midwest and what actions are being taken to restore their habitats, check out this article by Doug Taron, curator of biology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago.


Stitched Science

©2004 Lindsay Obermeyer Ovum 2  photo credit Larry Sanders
Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him

and calls the adventure Science.  -- Edwin Powell Hubble

Stitched Science, a two day science and fiber art festival is this weekend at the Science Museum, London.  In addition to the exhibition, there will be tons of kid friendly projects, like knitting i-cord to add to the giant fuzzy Jupiter or Martians to knit for Mars.  

Folks from around the world have contributed knitted, crocheted, embroidered, quilted replicas. My piece Ovum II (above) is part of the extravaganza.    I love Sami Teasdale's "Golden Hope" made from a radiotherapy mask and Liberty fabric.

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Organized by Stitch London, you must check out the rest of the collection.  There is everything from water molecules to submarines.