Encoding my Diabetes in Garments
I have Type 1 Diabetes and I’ve been creating rules to encode my diabetes data into knitted garments. I started this project during 2020 when I felt more focussed on my disability because of my vulnerability to Covid-19. When my blood glucose is high, I feel a certain way. Maybe headache-y or irritable or sick. When my blood glucose is low, I feel another way. Dizzy, clumsy, panicked. As well as these physical symptoms, I’m likely to feel angry at myself or guilty when my blood glucose is high, maybe scared and confused when it’s low.
By making a physical record using this information, you are able to read the garment like a diary of physical and emotional sensations.
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Handcoded by Lila Bernstein-Newman