Ted’s life has been a series of ups and downs, so I designed his piece as a timeline of his story. The piece graphs his life from a happy childhood through troubled teen years, a failed marriage and a fight to get clean. Images relating to his story accompany his words, which are written in silver gel pen. The drugs and other things that have kept him down are shown on the black fabric in the lows of his life. And the things in his life that have brought him joy and kept him going are shown below in the thriving green vines that continue to grow from the bottom in spite of the darkness. A detail is below.