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FeMail and The Story of Mum at the Motherhood Museum in Manhattan!

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on FeMail and The Story of Mum at the Motherhood Museum in Manhattan!

Joy Rose honored in FeMail by Karen Arp-Sandel

FeMail and Story of Mum Mash-Up at the Museum of Motherhood in NYC

Thursday December 5th from 5-7 pm

Spend two hours making art and building sisterhood with online phenomenons Pippa and Penny Best of the Story of Mum in Great Britain and FeMail artist Suzi Banks Baum of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

 

Penny and Pippa Best are on their way to the USA!

 

 

 

 

Suzi Banks Baum

 

Penny Best with a Mum

When Laundry Line Divine blogger Suzi and Pippa Best, co-creator of the Story of Mum, a vibrant online community of mothers, met on Twitter, they created a bond through sharing their work with and for and as mothers through the arts online. Suzi’s art inspired the Mama Mash-Ups of Story of Mum’s touring exhibition and events programme: Story of Mum: Mums Making an Exhibition of Ourselves. With Story of Mum’s other half, Pippa’s mother Penny, a mighty collaboration has been forged.

Come make Mama Mash-Up postal art with these three dynamic fire-starters. Learn some simple art techniques you can take home and help support the Museum of Motherhood by contributing to the art archive with a piece of mail art. In this workshop we will be making mail art to send as messages of hope to other mothers and creating a group poem.

The Museum of Motherhood is excited to host this art workshop and a inaugural reading of An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice by several of the contributing authors, Cheryl Paley of Hoboken NJ, Joanne Tombrakos of Manhattan, NY and Lori Landau from Mahwah, NJ. These mother artists will read stories from the book.

Story of Mum is a community of creative mamas celebrating the ups and downs of motherhood and sharing their stories at www.storyofmum.com. This special event hosted in partnership with Laundry Line Divine and the Museum of Motherhood marks the New York launch of Story of Mum: Mums Making an Exhibition of Ourselves, Story of Mum’s exhibition and events programme from Thursday 5 December to Sunday 8 December at M.O.M.

EXHIBITION TOUR INFO

Story of Mum: Moms Making an Exhibition of Ourselves

British mother-daughter team Pippa and Penny Best find the perfect home for their inspirational exhibition tour this December in New York’s The Museum of Motherhood, a unique education and exhibition centre dedicated to the exploration of family.

Story of Mum is a community of creative mamas celebrating the ups and downs of motherhood and sharing their stories at www.storyofmum.com. Their tour, Story of Mum: Mums Making an Exhibition of Ourselves, visits New York from Thursday 5 December to Sunday 8 December, with M.O.M. hosting an exciting programme of participatory events.

On Thursday from 5pm to 7pm, visionary FeMail artist Suzi Banks Baum joins Story of Mum to present an evening of Femail Mama Mash-Up art-making alongside readings from writers Cheryl Paley, Joanne Tombrakos and Lori Landau from Suzi’s powerful book: An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice. Led by some truly inspiring mothers, this hands-on workshop launches the exhibition and offers a unique chance to get creative (even if you think you’re not), exploring our identity within a global community of mothers.

On Sunday from 1pm to 3pm, Story of Mum joins the Museum of Motherhood’s Family Day for a pop-up Family Make Date. Bring your kids to play and add your own voice to the exhibition.

Story of Mum: Mums Making an Exhibition of Ourselves draws on participatory creative activities to investigate identity: 25 short films from a diverse group of mothers describe the everyday joys and heart-breaking challenges of motherhood, each film connecting the next to a greater mothering narrative. At each event, a wall of Mama Mash-Up collages are created by mothers to capture different aspects of our identities, inspired by the work of artist-mother Suzi Banks Baum.

The exhibition’s ever-growing communal mum poem has been guest curated by UK poets Hollie McNish, Sally Crabtree and Caroline Davies on the tour so far. Mothers also complete the sentence “I’m a mum and a…” for photographed portraits, including many collected by M.O.M. this year. Multi-taskers and dreamers, entrepreneurs and cleaners, taxi drivers and secret singers. What else are you?

Creativity can connect us deeply to who we are and what we want. And sharing our stories reminds us that all mothers are different, the same, and amazing. Visitors to Story of Mum: Mums Making an Exhibition of Ourselves have described the experience as stimulating, entertaining, thought-provoking and beautiful. They felt proud, humbled, exhilarated, joyful, inspired and honoured, their opinion of motherhood changed: ‘I have a new respect and awe for my own mum and mums everywhere’; ‘I’d disconnected with how I felt about motherhood. This event and project reconnected me’.

Join www.storyofmum.com’s community of creative mamas in New York to celebrate the ups and downs of motherhood, share your own story, and make an exhibition of yourself on and offline.

FAMILY DAY EVENT INFO

Story of Mum Family Make Date at the Museum of Motherhood in NYC
Sunday December 8th from 1pm to 3pm

British mother-daughter team Pippa and Penny Best of global mums’ community Story of Mum join the Museum of Motherhood’s Family Day to host a pop-up Family Make Date as part of their touring exhibition and events programme: Story of Mum: Mums Making an Exhibition of Ourselves.

The Family Make Date offers a rare chance to take some creative time out to explore your identity while your children play and get creative by your side. Add words to a giant communal mothers’ poem, hear other mothers’ stories, make your own Mama Mash-Up collage, have your “I’m a mom and a…” photo taken, and visit the Story of Mum exhibition with your family.

Story of Mum: Mums Making an Exhibition of Ourselves draws on participatory creative activities to investigate identity: 25 short films from a diverse group of mothers describe the everyday joys and heart-breaking challenges of motherhood, each film connecting the next to a greater mothering narrative. At each event, a wall of Mama Mash-Up collages are created by mothers to capture different aspects of our identities, inspired by the work of artist-mother Suzi Banks Baum.

The exhibition’s ever-growing communal mum poem has been guest curated by UK poets Hollie McNish, Sally Crabtree and Caroline Davies on the tour so far. Mothers also complete the sentence “I’m a mum and a…” for photographed portraits, including many collected by M.O.M. this year. Multi-taskers and dreamers, entrepreneurs and cleaners, taxi drivers and secret singers. What else are you?

Story of Mum is a community of creative mamas celebrating the ups and downs of motherhood and sharing their stories at www.storyofmum.com. Let’s play together at our Family Make Date.

Bios:

Suzi Banks Baum makes community wherever she goes. Passionate about stirring up jam, authentic writing voices, artist books, and mail art, she has been collaborating with Karen Arp-Sandel as part of FeMail, an almost 7 year long mail art exchange. FeMail has been featured at the Museum of Motherhood in Manhattan in a blog series. FeMail art workshops have touched women at PRESS in North Adams, at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, at Alchemy Initiative in Pittsfield and Berkshire Art Kitchen in Great Barrington. FeMail was installed in the Kitchen of Rites of Passage at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield in June 2013 under the direction of Pooja Rue Prema and Rogue Angel Productions.
Suzi produced Out of the Mouths of Babes for the March 2012 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She published An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice, presents the Powder Keg Sessions writing workshops and just sent her son off to a year of post high school graduate work. You’d think she’d have more time to eat bon-bons, but Suzi is writing strong on her next book, Laundry Line Divine: A Wild Soul Book for Mothers and developing Rampant Sisterhood, her workshops on marrying authentic voice and online presence for authors and artists. Suzi creates mixed media collages and artist books in her home studio while raising two teen-agers with her husband and large messy garden. Read all about it at www.femailart.com and www.laundrylinedivine.com

Pippa Best lives in Cornwall, UK with her salty-skinned surfing filmmaking husband, boisterous 5-year-old boy who thinks he’s half Octonaut/half Power Ranger, and 2-year-old daughter who inspire her by saying YES as if it’s the easiest thing in the world. Life is a constant plate-spin of intuitive mothering and work as a script consultant on feature films and as co-director of the Cross Channel Film Lab, where she helps writers and directors to tell their stories and reach an audience. Pippa’s passion is Story of Mum, where she inspires mums (and herself) to connect and explore their identities through quirky, honest and heart-warming creative activities, sharing their stories at www.storyofmum.com, on Facebook, and at monthly #somum Mums’ Make Dates on Twitter (2nd Wednesday of every month from 8.30 – 10pm GMT, 3.30 – 5pm EST).
As well as being a mum of 3 grown ‘children’ and now a grand-mum of 3, at heart Penny Best is a dancer. Professionally a supervisor, researcher and trainer involved in learning through creative playfulness for over 40 years, she remains fascinated by the power of the body’s mind. She says “I am inspired by my daughter’s passion and her creative energies. Loving working with her; holding on to her shirt tails as she whizzes around the digital world. I hope other older experienced mums, grand-mums, great-grand-mums get inspired to share their numerous identity transitions.”


The Brooklyn Art Library and FeMail

Posted: October 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mailroom | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Brooklyn Art Library and FeMail

The Brooklyn Art Library and FeMail.
April 2012

Brooklyn Art Library welcomes FeMail artists on April 17, 2012

Over April school break, Karen and I had a field trip to the Brooklyn Art Library.
Karen traveled into Manhattan on Metro North where she met Catherine and me at Grand Central station. We took the train all the way in to Brooklyn and wandered up in to the Williamsburg sunshine for a grand tour of Bedford Avenue.

We have made friends with Lori Landau through Face book and found a collaborator who is eager to have fun, make art and share her spiritual practices with us. There is so much synchronicity in our friendship with Lori and spending this spring afternoon together just brought out more of this.
Karen, Lori and I all have Sketchbooks at the Brooklyn Art Library. We spent the afternoon pouring over each others books, looking at books by artists unknown to us, and meeting other people at the Library who had submitted Sketchbooks to the collection.
Right now, our Sketchbooks are packing their bags for a world tour.
You can find out if that tour is coming to your city by clicking here.
Mail art has been flying back and forth among the three of us since our rendezvous.
This is what Karen sent me.
Here is what I sent Karen.

This is what Lori sent to me.

I just submitted another book to the Library. I will post more about it. Today, this package is winging its way to Brooklyn via our beloved United States Postal Service.


inside cover of my Sketchbook

You might just want to have some fun with us on our Face book page here.
We post our current art projects and those of our friends.
Here is a fantastic slideshow by Wanderlust of the Brooklyn Art Library.

Keep those cards and letters coming!
K and S


The FeMail Collection Bag!

Posted: October 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Mailroom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The FeMail Collection Bag!

We have a standing invitation to our FeMail readers to send us a piece of mail art and expect to get one back from us. What the heck has been going on with FeMail that we could have overlooked this commitment to our dedicated mail artists?

Yeeeeow! Life! She is flying by! Karen and I have been globetrotting, or coast trotting really.
Karen has led art workshops from the peaceful peak of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts to Linwood Gardens in western New York. I have been making art with my sisters on a small lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and with the Darling Hill International Artists’ Club from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to the Cape and back here to my kitchen in Great Barrington.


Together Karen and I hauled our art suitcase

to Manhattan to make FeMail with the Museum of Motherhood on East 84th Street. If you are interested in being involved with and supporting the only museum of it’s kind, visit www.MOMmuseum.org. M.O.M. is a social change museum focused on amplifying the voices and experiences of mothers while connecting ‘the multicultural family’. Our dear friend and FeMail enthusiast, Joy Rose,

invited us to present FeMail at the Motherhood and Creativity: Creative Leaps of Faith conference on October 3. We got to meet some of the other M.O.M. artists like Rachel Klein of MamaRocks! Designs. The conference was a mix of academic, cultural, and businesswomen sharing their perspectives on how creativity impacts their daily and professional lives. FeMail friend and marketing strategist Julia Beck moderated an inspiring panel discussion of women professionals about their personal stories. These women spoke of how infusing their corporate lives with creativity transformed their life journeys in to true passionate self expression. Students from Marymount Manhattan College attended along with many others. The women who spend time at M.O.M. are serious about celebrating all aspects of motherhood. We are dedicated to living the legacy of the women who have gone before us, standing strong in this present day as we pave the way for empowered and expressive motherhood.

Here is some of the art we made in our ‘Daily-ness of Art’ workshops that day:

There are some very exciting things happening at M.O.M. this fall. World renowned feminist,Phyllis Chesler wrote this beautiful description of what she found at M.O.M.

And, these are some of the things we have found in our Post Office Box in Canaan, New York. Keep your eyes peeled for a return response from FeMail!

Next on our calendar is the Alchemy Initiative Handmade Holiday Art Show on December 2-3 in Pittsfield, MA. We will have FeMail Bonding Collage and Mail Art Kits, handmade books, one-of-a-kind postal art and our new FeMail Art Note card sets for sale.

There is much more to tell, but we could not let this day go by without saying thank you to all our FeMail correspondents and to keep you posted on all we have cooking at FeMail.
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xoxo Suzi