Just when one thinks that they have met all the coolest women in the world (and let me tell you, Toronto has a heck of a lot of them) you turn around and there is another woman doing something amazing and shiny and bright and beautiful. That is how I feel about Pippa and her crew at Story of Mum, who have created an empowering mash-up of technology and real-life experiences to make our stories of motherhood a little more visceral, a little more clear, a little more loud, a little more real.
One of the ways that they do this is through storytelling. Stories are told, shared and ingested by photographic evidence of how women are expressing their journey through motherhood. Women are invited to look into the lives of each other through real-life creative meetups, Twitter ‘make dates’ and photographic displays.
This month there is a focus on loving, embracing and sharing the body that you connect with as a mama-body. Surely, this term is different for all of us, and loaded with multiple meanings. Our bodies are shaped by the physical, mental and emotional elements of motherhood. Our bodies are creased with the heartache, made more beautiful from the bliss, and forever changed by the power we discover in birth.
I am really excited to be hosting Toronto’s very first real-life make date in celebration of this month’s ‘Love Mum-Body’ theme. I want the whole world to come and celebrate with us, but will be pleased to see some urban mamas, grammies, and great-grammies meet us over at Vine Park to make some art.
I will be bringing canvas, basic art supplies, a huge batch of homemade dough, my camera and all of the love that I have for our mama-bodies. I would love it if you would come, bring a mama-sister or two and schlep your art supplies on over to a picnic table and share your vision of your body.
I am imagining:
collages (collective and individual)
sculpture (playdough, plasticine)
I highly recommend you hit up a dollarstore and grab some cheap art supplies – you would be amazed at what you can pickup for under 10 dollars.
Please share this post and get the word out. I can only imagine how empowering this experience can be – and the more the merrier.
Looking forward to seeing your mama-body – and be sure to check out Story of Mum.