Out of the Mouths of Babes
Poet and author, Maya Angelou in For Mom with Love, A book of Quotations:
“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”
This page is dedicated to the discussion of mothering and creativity.
These two topics, or realities really, are inextricably linked, but do not always exist consciously together.
I dare to say that most mothers do not think of themselves as creative, even though they are, as a human species, wired to create.
Why is the creativity of a woman so important to the world?
To her children?
To her community?
To her family?
To her self?
Because a woman’s creativity feeds her soul.
A woman’s creativity re-members her to the Divine- to the holy which dwells within her.
A woman’s creativity expresses her true nature.
Fully engaged women raise fully engaged children. Women who value their own creativity are activists for other women. Women who express themselves fully advocate for children and the planet. They are citizens of the world operating from the power centers of their kitchens, studios, laundry rooms and boardrooms of the best and brightest institutions. Empowered and fully voiced women are the possibility of the future for it is said, “in the realm of our imagination we begin to manifest a new reality”. As feminists seeking equal representation, as mothers seeking full expression of our experience, as women seeking equal pay as our gifted male colleagues, we find, through our creativity, a super highway to a productive and healthy life.
Creative expression does not equal a traditional success story. Women who are mothers and artists are often propelled to find alternate ways to manage their family lives and artistic lives.
It is in the way we weave all of this together that ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’ is born.
Just last week, Gloria Steinem answered the question of what her wishes for the current generations of women are for the future with this:
“My wish for women is to tell their stories.”
You can bet I was happy to be listening to the TED talk to hear that quote just now.
If you look closely at the collage I have here, you will see within the stripes of image, Gloria Steinem’s face. I was demonstrating strip collage technique to the Darling Hill International Artist Club this summer in Vermont and used an image of Gloria from a magazine, interposed with a vintage 50’s glamour advertisement and played over it with a contemporary rock climber. That, to me, is the interplay of women today, whether or not you consider yourself a feminist, to stand for our beauty, value and integrity in new ways by calling on and engaging new layers of understanding of what it is to be a woman.
In the Out of the Mouths of Babes blog series you will meet many guest bloggers from across the globe. Women will be joining this conversation. Readers of the Laundry Line are welcome to comment. If you would like to offer a blog post, please get in touch with me here. And, if this topic interests or inspires you, pass it on, play with us. There are video blogs and links to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers at Simon’s Rock College of Bard.
Out of the Mouths of Babes 2013 news flash!
On March 1, 2013 at historic Dewey Hall in Sheffield, MA we will host our second Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others at 7pm. Six women will read new writings on motherhood and after our bedtime snacks at intermission, we will have a discussion about mothering and creativity with authors Gina Hyams and Susan Engel. Admission is a $5.00 at the door. We will be serving bedtime snacks at intermission. Please arrive on time as seating is more than last year, but we expect a full house and want you to have a chair.
Along with the captivating readings and soul stirring discussion, we will also launch
An Anthology of Babes: Thirty-six Women Give Motherhood a Voice on March 1. You will be able to enter a raffle to win a signed copy of the book and buy as many copies as you like at this event. Sales from the anthology benefit Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires and the Community Health Programs. You will be able to order your copy of the book here within a few days. When the anthology is available on Amazon, I will let you know. The Bookstore in Lenox and the shop at Kripalu will also carry the book. Or look for me at Berkshire Festival of Women Writers throughout the month of March. I’d love to meet you!