Visual Art, Fiber Art, Trauma, Depression, Abuse, Mental Health, Recovery, Coping, Aging, Self Acceptance

Self Portrait

This hand-stitched piece of fiber art was created by Diana Scott, a Canadian artist who is involved in the fiber art community in Burlington Ontario and has served as the president of the Burlington Fiber Arts Guild. Scott’s work is informed by her experiences of emotional abuse while growing up, and fiber art has helped her to express and overcome some of these traumatic memories. Scott has struggled with feelings of low self-worth throughout her life, including negative feelings about her own body. This particular work, entitled “Self Portrait”, represents acceptance of her aging body, and depicts her at peace on an island in Georgian Bay, the one place she felt safe as a child from the emotional turbulence of her family life.

Visual Art, Fiber Art, Trauma, Depression, Abuse, Mental Health, Recovery, Coping, Aging, Self Acceptance

Image Credit:
Feature: Zachary Tan at Unsplash, Creative Commons
Body: Diana Scott, used with permission