Week in Review 2019 – 08/22

Detail of pill vial from Mother’s Little Helper
Now What?

It happens every time. I’m creating a new artwork, it is coming together as expected, then I do something and it feels off. What do you think?

Input Please
Mother’s Little Helper as it currently stands. What do you think?

My concept, driving Mother’s Little Helper, is a graph of the escalating deaths over time caused by the use and abuse of opioids. This is an artwork, not a technical graph for a scientific paper. I don’t want to clutter it with graph keys and numbers. In order to balance the piece I felt it needed something in the upper left hand corner. Why not a pill vial? Yet there is a disconnect between the vial and the graph of pills. What do you think? How would you connect the two? I am planning on adding the sign for poison or hazard to the prescription label.

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.


  1. Upon looking at your piece I did not recognize the pill vile as such. Once I read your description I then understood it to be a pill vile. I wonder if adding some pills would help. I am thinking having them spill out of the vile might help. Just a thought.

  2. For “mother’s little helper” maybe some tablets spilling out from the medicine bottle (Small in size) could be the connection.

  3. Could you add a few pills tumbling out of the bottle? The path they make could lead the eye to the tall piles of pills. I like your color choices.

  4. Pills spilling out IS an excellent idea. I did not see that as a prescription bottle when I saw the photo! Perhaps a lid for the bottle along with the pills spilling would finish the thought.

  5. yes, the poison label and showing that the pills are being taken would definitely tie things together. Also wondering if you might use some darker thread in the labeling to tie in the pinks, purples to the vial which sort of seems isolated from the rest of the color scheme.

  6. I like Kathy’s idea too…but you might find it’ll require you to alter the size of the bottle and/or pills to get the right proportions. The current vial looks as if the top is still on it, but if you have pills spilling out, you could place the top elsewhere, as if it’s been quickly taken off and tossed aside. Just a thought!

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