I stepped outside my usual perimeters to make this fish. It was a “medicine doll,” a gift commissioned by a friend for another friend who had been stricken with a devastating disease. They shared a bond around the Finding Nemo movie, and turned the “keep swimming” motto into “keep smiling.” This Fish was designed with her love of shiny and tactile things in mind, and also with ideas from folklore about fish who grant wishes. She is from Laos and fish mean good luck. She is having good luck in her fight against illness and is about ready to return to work after several months and some life changing events. All I know is that the loving and well thought out input from her friends allowed me to be playful and thoughtful about life and disease and transformation. And a little fish brightened her already radiant life.