Art Alumna Receives International Recognition for Design

Following the death of her fiance’s father, NMU School of Art & Design alumna Mia Cinelli (BFA in Graphic Communications in 2011) was searching for a way to deal with her grief. In missing his physical presence, she sewed hands to hold and became interested in the weight of these objects against her body. Researching weighted blankets and their use in therapeutic practices to treat anxiety and inability to focus, she designed “The Weight” A six-pound weighted blanket used to soothe the grieving. Reminiscent of a hug from behind, the object is both practical and poetic, lessening anxiety while becoming a metaphor for the heaviness of grief.

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