Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Lobotomy: Howard Dully's Journey

My recent obsession has lead me to discover the man, Howard Dully, who as a child at age 12 received the transorbital or "ice pick" lobotomy. My friend Alison and I were more intriguiged than ever after watching the film Session 9, which takes place in an abandoned mental institution which we found out later has been demolished. I had heard of the term before but never really looked into it, I always remember Teenage Lobotomy too, by the Ramones. In 1946, a psychiatrist, Walter Freeman launched this radical new era of treatment of mental illness, Howard Dully was one of his youngest patients, which if you saw him today never knew he had a lobotomy done. In a few weeks I'm going to start Howard Dully's memoir, called My Lobotomy: A Memoir, I'm eager to learn about his childhood and the effects of his treatment. From what I've saw in a short interview segment, sounded like as a child he had a case of Attention Deficit Disorder and a crazy household to go along with it.

Freeman believed that mental illness was related to overactive emotions, and by cutting away the brain he cut away the feelings. It is really hard to fathom this treatment, the thought of removing a live piece of the brain in hopes it will change the person for better, I think it is impossible, I believe by removing a piece of the living you in turn are killing the brain and the machine that controls everything in the body. I think it would only kill what is alive. Many cases had reported some patients had a positive result but only after a few months even weeks they were back to their old selves. Death was even a result in botched surgeries and Freeman's last surgery ended in a brain hemorrhage.

I have mixed feelings about the whole procedure, I guess one, Freeman became obsessed with it and before his death had performed around 2,500 lobotomies on patients, during the time when the mentally ill were shipped to institutions and shunned from society. I found this great documentary on this subject called: The Lobotomist. More to come on my discoveries about Howard Dully, Alison and I are hoping to find more films on this treatment, biographies and even surviving lists of lobotomist patients, if you know of any send them my way.


Friday, January 21, 2011


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Monday, January 17, 2011


Friday, January 7, 2011

NEW ARRIVALS ~ Healing the Soul

I've been working alot lately with raw and semiprecious stones, something about having a piece of the earth near the heart is very soothing to me. Check out some of new arrivals from Red Heart 13.

~ 1) Natural Amethyst Umbrella Pendulums: helps to awaken the soul.

~ 2) Healing Companion Raw Amethyst, Pyrite and Blue Agate Trio Necklace: helps with balance, energy, courage and strength.

~ 3) Multi Pyrite Solar Stone Necklace: a necklace of power, defense, protection and good fortune.

~ 4) Crowned Prasiolite Green Quartz Necklace: bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual aspects of life.

Im looking forward to this weekend, I just got these beautiful Fluorite nuggets in the mail from Rain's Memory, I already have some ideas brewing.

What stones are you drawn to most?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Roaring Winter

Hello Everyone, happy new year, it's great to start off 2011, I have a feeling this will be a lucky year for me! Through the holidays I've been nestled up in layers as my skin gets burned by the cold, I sit making jewelry while my hands shrivel up. Preparing for more snow storms, I thought I'd share some beautiful wears of winter fashion from Japan. I truly wish the snow and ice would stay this peaceful.

Check out more from this collection at The New York Times.

Top photo: On the shore of Lake Tazawa. Dior by John Galliano silk gazar coat with silver fox hem.

Bottom photo: On a room at the onsen. John Galliano silk-and-fox ruffle coat, made to order.