I am taking a new direction this week. I am going to do a series. Each of these pieces will be for sale on my Etsy site, and they are going to be a celebration of psychotropic molecules. My focus for this series will be Antidepressants and AntiAnxiety Meds. Some may remember that a while ago I stopped taking Citalopram, and to commemorate the experience, I made a necklace of the molecule. For that, I wore it as a badge of experience, not in a negative way, but in my constant pursuit to a better understanding of myself, and a clearer mind, that was not the drug for me.
I recently started a new regimen, with Zoloft for my depression, and Clonazepam for my anxiety. I don’t know if these are right for me yet, but in a celebration of pursuit towards personal betterment, I want to make this series.
I will give a quick note that I am not encouraging or supporting any particular mental health regimen for anyone, just that you have one no matter who you are. I find these molecules beautiful, and the fact that we have them available to help with imbalances is a truly wonderful thing, and on the other side, the fact that we have to have so many because every brain is so different, and every person needs something particular to them is amazing too.
This is the first piece in the series, and I’ll post them as I finish each one. they’ll all be copper wire, and the bead colors will correspond uniformly to the atoms so each piece ties together. Let me now what you think!
This is an updated version of my DNA necklace made with my new technique and with further extensions out to the back bone. So for example, the top left has the phosphate connected to a deoxyribose sugar to Adenine. The chain represents the hydrogen bonds to Thymine and so on. This was more of a proof of concept than a finished product. I wore it under a jacket, and it kept getting bent, so I think it has to be worn with a clear neckline and likely short hair, as the number of connections are cumbersome. I like it though, it stands up well ultimately if not scrutinized by heavy cloth.
These are the earrings I made for the Election party I’m going to tonight. I would like to borrow the Bird Chick’s sentiment when I say that the most important outcome from this election is that my friends can have the same rights I do. It’s also pretty important that women’s rights don’t have the possibility of getting thrown back 50 years, and that science isn’t neutered by stupidity, but I can only worry so much. I’ll be wearing these, my Star Stuff necklace, and my Obama socks.