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Artist Spotlight: Maddie Ley

Today I have the great honor of giving the monthly Artist Spotlight to Maddie Ley! (Yes, it’s a new thing I’m doing. Monthly Artist Spotlights!) I met Maddie about a year ago, and I can tell you, she is one astounding talented human! I was there when she got that rigid heddle loom from a mutual friend. I can claim I saw parts of the beginning!

From the Amazing Maddie herself:

I’ve been absorbing and teaching myself fiber art for about a year and a half, and I didn’t start a consistent art practice until after I finished college in 2018 – so I am very new to the title of ‘artist’. I am more familiar with the role of voyeur, earning my B.A. in Art History. The largest influence in my direction toward fiber art has been my employment at Textile Center in Minneapolis, MN. My immersion as a fly on the wall in classrooms, a liaison for the many different guilds affiliated with the center, and an organizer of youth summer camps quickly assimilated me into the world of textiles and fiber. I took home a hand-me-down rigid heddle loom, after I had outgrown the 2” x 3” cardboard looms we were using with youth campers. 

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Toxic Medicine: Part 4 – The Apology (Ego is the Enemy)

For those of you just joining, you can catch the start of the idiocy that was my medical treatment here.

After my time with the unfortunately board certified Dr. Mark Fesenmyer, (which you can read about here) I had another appointment with Dr. Katherine Foley. 

So, this should be prefaced with Dr. Foley’s sheer ignorance. I asked her, and I don’t mean I asked her in a roundabout, obscure way, I mean I asked her flat out, “If you don’t feel qualified to treat me, please recommend someone else.” Do you want to guess what her response was? Her medical assistant called me and left a voicemail saying “Dr. Foley feels she is fully capable of treating you. It is your right to get a second opinion, but Dr. Foley feels she is fully capable of treating you.” 

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Roving, Roving, Roving, and wait, More Roving

It’s been a busy week! I’m repainting the photo studio at work, and making roving in my free time. I’ve got so many projects in my head, it’s hard to find the time and upper body strength to keep up. Turning my carder for hours is quite the arm workout. (I’ve even been trying to make sure I switch arms, so one doesn’t get more ripped than the other.) Needless to say… my back is killing me! I can live with that, but now I have a sty on my left eye… and that’s my good eye. The other one doesn’t work very well. So it’s been fun!

Speaking of health concerns, I did update the Dr. Mark Fesenmyer post with some documentation from his office – mainly communications between staff and myself. So you can check that out.

Seriously though, making the most of it! I promised some forest themed yarn to someone, so I’ve been reclaiming the acrylic for that. It’s a process, but I’m keeping acrylic out of landfills and making some gorgeous yarn! I recently posted some of the yarn I made on reddit, and people over there loved it! One of them suggested I do an online class on making some of my art yarn… I think I might have to. Maybe I’ll post a poll later with some class ideas, and people can vote…

Back to the topic at hand… ROVING! Follow the jump to check out some of my roving sets!

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How I’ve Kept My Sanity: Crafting Through Misdiagnosis… (Part 3.5)

After posting Part 3 of the Toxic Medicine series, I posted some of the scarves I’ve been working on, but forgot to post the yarn I spun! So we’ll call this “Part 3.5”. I love spinning yarn, but holy heck is it time consuming. I did not know that when I started spinning, but it is rather easy to start and stop, so I can always walk away and come back to it later. Perhaps later this week, I’ll post some of the art roving I have waiting in the wings for future felting or spinning projects.

The first yarn after the jump is some I used in one of the scarves from my nuno felting scarf post referenced above.

To see the yarn I’ve made in the last couple weeks, follow the jump…

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How I’ve Kept My Sanity: Crafting Through Misdiagnosis… (Part 3)

I finally posted Part 3 of the Toxic Medicine series, so I thought I would show you guys what I have been working on. My strength is coming back, but I get worn out so easily. I’m used to carrying people, not because it is part of my job description, but for funsies. Now I get tired carrying a couple 50 lb. boxes yarn around the building at work. So, no large exhausting projects for me, but nuno felting scarves is my new passion. I can finish one in a day, and I only work up a mild sweat when I start needle felting aggressively for some of the edges.

To see some of the scarves I’ve made in the last couple weeks, follow the jump…

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Toxic Medicine: Part 3 – The Gastroenterologist Mark Fesenmyer (Ignorant or Lazy)

I should have read up on the reviews for Dr. Mark Fesenmyer… They suck! He’s not very well received, and now I know why. So the main question I have after seeing him…

Dr. Mark Fesenmyer are you ignorant or lazy?

CHECK OUT HIS HEALTHGRADES REVIEWS HERE

YOU CAN READ MY GOOGLE REVIEW HERE

In the words of Julie Andrews, “Let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start.”

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How I’ve Kept My Sanity: Crafting Through Misdiagnosis… (Part 2)

Nuno Felting!

Yes, Nuno Felting is so much fun! I started working on them when I got really sick from my negligent doctors, but now I am up and running with them! (My white blood cell count is now within normal range!!!!) They were so much fun to make, and it was nice, because when I was sick, it allowed me the chance to make something in stages, instead of all at once. I could felt it over 2 or 3 days, and it was a great experience! It’s not exactly the fastest thing in the world, but it is quite fun! Maybe I’ll even teach a class on it soon!

For those who don’t know, I was quite under the weather for quite a while, and you can read about that here!

Follow the jump for some of the first scarves I made!

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Toxic Medicine: Part 2 – The Infection (Hang In There)

So, as you know, I picked up an infection during my colonoscopy procedure. After the procedure, I had some really nasty side effects. I had lots of pain and discomfort, on top of quite a bit of drainage, and even bleeding. This was not quite what I signed up for. When I complained about these things, and asked why Dr Foley didn’t perform the fistulotomy, she responded with, since there was muscle tissue, she did not want to do the fistulotomy. When you cut muscle tissue, she said there were quite a bit of complications that could involve severe side effects. So I took her out her word. That was a huge mistake.

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