Felted Fiercies are a range of very special monsters. I hope one day they will be able to give comfort to those who need it.
Felted Fiercies are talismans – little defenders and bringers of comfort to those who suffer from invisible illnesses and mental health problems. They serve the purpose to destigmatise and bring awareness to issues that many people throughout the world have to live with each day. After all, we all have our monsters.
The Fiercies need to serve 3 purposes:
- They must be a monster, and preferably one that represents the issue in some way.
- They must be a bit cute.
- They must either be comforting to the sufferer or fierce enough to act as a defender against the issue.
If nothing else I hope the Fiercies will bring a smile to someone who is struggling in one way or another. Something cute to bring them cheer, or as a gift from someone who wants to let the sufferer know ‘we feel your pain and even if we can’t help you we want you to know we understand and we love you.’ The Fiercies are not available for sale as yet, but I hope they will be soon.
Along with invisible illnesses and mental health issues there are also some Fiercies who represent more every-day struggles and moods. I want to state that I do not intend to give the impression that I consider these more ‘mood’ related issues as quite as serious as mental health issues, and I do not wish to trivialise more debilitating mental health issues by comparing them to something that may be considered a little more trivial. However, I still feel such Fiercies have a place in this range as it is not for any of us to judge the problems of others, and they may still be serious problems to those who experience them. The pain of one person does not lessen the pain of another.
To all those who have come to this page and do suffer from any problem that causes them or their loved ones sadness or pain, I send my heartfelt love to you and wish you a speedy recovery if it exists and, if not, I wish that the good days outnumber the bad a million times over.
You are all loved x
Cooloo, the Self-Esteem Fiercy
Meet Cooloo, the Felted Fiercy for self-esteem. Cooloo doesn’t exactly fit the mermaid mold. She’s got fangs. She’s green. She’s somewhat frog-like.
Effie, the Fibromyalgia Fiercy
This Felted Fiercy is very special to me. Effie is the Fiercy for Fibromyalgia. As a 6-year sufferer of this horrible illness, I was inspired to start making my Felted Fiercies range by my own experiences.
Effie is patient and carefully poised, because she has to be so careful with her movements. She is decorated in soothing colours, including the purple that is often associated with fibromyalgia, tracing a pattern down her back to symbolise the pain flowing through her body. The blue patterns under her eyes represent tears, and she has no back legs because, y’know, immobility.
Lep, the social anxiety or shyness fiercy
Lep doesn’t really want to be here. Quite frankly she would rather be anywhere else. Whenever she’s around too many people she feels tall and gangly and stupid – like she’s not good enough.
If only she knew how much she is worth.
Lep is covered in a soft alpaca blend, because she is fragile and dainty, and she wishes she could just blow away in the breeze.
Buttermon, The Confidence Fiercy
Is Buttermon a dinosaur? A mer-thing? Some odd little piskie creature? It’s hard to be sure, but Buttermon knows who she is and she’s going to hold her head high and meet your gaze ‘cos nobody, I mean nobody, is going to make her feel like a monster.
Trubble, the Anxiety Fiercy
Here comes Trubble!
Trubble’s a tough little guy, which is good. Well, it’s what you want when you suffer from chronic anxiety. When you’re being bombarded with intrusive thoughts all day every day sometimes all you want is for someone to give you a big squidge and say ‘these thoughts aren’t real – let me scare them away and chomp on all your fears.’
Just give him a jelly baby every now and then. Trubbles love jelly babies.
Apple Boo, the M.E. fiercy
Lulu, The Depression Fiercy
Lulu is a sarcastic little Fiercy at times. Like, for example, when people describe those who are depressed as being a bit blue. It’s a bit more than that, isn’t it – being depressed. Lulu likes to mock those who are so dismissive of other people’s personal struggles. That’s why she’s blue. It’s her little joke.
Lulu is heavy set (and gorgeous with it) because sometimes being depressed feels like you’re carrying a heavy weight around with you all day, every day, and she wants to help you carry it. And she’s put on her very best socks just for you, because even on the worst of days there’s still the possibility of rainbows.