Saturday, February 23, 2008

I have a headache

My February piece is called "I have a headache." This piece represents a headache, something I have all too often. I really wanted to see if I could visually express how a headache feels. On the left is the full piece. At the bottom of the circle is my right eye, and to the left are bugles, which represent daggers of pain. Going up, there is a band of throbbing on my forehead. The headache swirls around, going from one side of my head to the other. The black areas are the headache spreading upward, and the gray represents the dull feeling left over after a headache. This was a very hard piece to work on. It tired me out, and I had to force myself to pick up my needle and work on it. Nonetheless, I think I accomplished a great headache!


abeadlady said...

Outstanding! As a migraine sufferer, you have described it perfectly. WOW!


KV said...

This is an amazing piece of work, Susan -- and beautifully executed as well.

Kathy V in NM

Brenda said...

It is a gorgeous piece. Almost to gorgeous to be called a headache!
I do get the idea though, your description of what happens follows your piece exactly.

Barb said...

That's a wonderful representation. It's also beautiful, but you definitely get the idea.

Angela said...

I have chronic headaches as well and can't believe how well you have described it in words and beads.

I think it is truly wonderful that something so hurtful and annoying can still look beautiful.

Great Job. -Angie

beadbabe49 said...

Another great example of turning lemons into lemonade, susan!

freebird said...

Your brain saw you manufacturing a headache and was screaming to you "Don't go there, don't go there!" Headaches are terrible. I didn't get so many till after I got older. Guess it was the hormones changing. They are beginning to ease up. Hope yours do too.

Maybe this can be your voodoo page. Stick a pin in it and see if your headache dies away!

Julie said...

Your headache is so beautiful. I never thought of beading a pain, its an interesting idea. I wondered if you beaded while you were experiencing the HA. My eyes always hurt when I have a HA. I bet that is a good way to deal with chronic pain,create something beautiful with it. I hope your HA is gone. Julie Cook

Night Beader said...


I love what you've done with a Headache!

Such a lovely piece for something that can be so debilitating.

Thanks for beading something so challenging.

Beadily yours
Susan Feldkamp
aka Night Beader

Robin said...

Although I'm also fond of your mandalas, THIS piece is totally awesome. I'm sure it did tire you out... to give visual voice to your headache may ultimately have some healing benefits. At least I hope so.

I also hope everyone will click on the picture, because it has much greater impact viewed larger... especially the bugle bead pain daggers.

Somehow, I also see a gentle tenderness in this piece, as though your heart and your hands are in sympathy with your eye and your head. There may be some unifying energy here that may be good for you.

Thank you for your courage. Robin A.

a2susan said...

I appreciate everyone's comments, and am so pleased at how accepted my headache piece has been received. Hugs to you all, Susan

Sue in western Washington, USA said...

You are a braver woman than I. I've often thought about trying to give form to the headaches I suffer but it's just too daunting a task! Congratulations on a beautiful piece.

Kiwi Ellen said...

Oh my this is amazing Susan.

I am so sorry you suffer headaches & I hope by showing this P A I N to the world so to speak, that it no longer has power over you

The Lone Beader said...

That is an interesting name for a piece! Coincidentally I have a headache right now! :0