The University of Southampton


Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures, also known as fits.  Epilepsy affects over 600,000 people in the UK.  Seizures are the most common symptom of epilepsy, although many people can have a seizure during their lifetime without developing epilepsy.  Epilepsy usually begins during childhood, although it can start at any age. The cells in the brain, known as neurons, communicate with each other using electrical impulses. During a seizure, the normal electrical impulses are disrupted, and there is a sudden burst of electrical activity in the brain. This can cause the brain and body to behave strangely and each person with epilepsy will have a unique experience of the condition. You can find out more details here.

Below you can see the work done by Stephanie Simmons to illustrate epilepsy through fashion. Further down, you can read their thoughts about epilepsy, their work as an artist, and how the two interacted to create their piece.