Since then, family and friends have taken these colorful, interesting, and meaningful felted stones all over the world–a wonderful tribute to my son and a legacy that started my true journey as a wet felt fiber artist.
The Origin of "Felted Stones"
When my son Harrison died, my family put a plaque in our family plot, designating his ashes. In Jewish tradition, when people visit a gravesite, they typically place stones upon the grave as a marker of their visit. Instead of using plain stones, I encased Harrison's stones in rich, colorful, warm felt to memorialize his colorful and unique personality. When friends found out about this, they began to request felted stones for their loved ones.
I use the physicality of making felt to help me process my grief. Not only do I pour my emotions into the making of these “Grief Vessels” and other felted items, I also believe these vessels can actually hold the grief itself. They all have interesting nooks and crannies–just like our grief, which hides in all of the little places inside us and pops out at unexpected, and often inopportune, times—sometimes, even surprising us.
During the process of grieving, I believe that if we are open to possibilities and blessings, we might allow something that is horrific and traumatic to turn into something beautiful–through adapted perspectives and newly opened doors.
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