We were fortunate to have photographer Mindy Stricke as a Jumblies Intern in 2008. She has since gone on to create a brilliant community arts and multi-media project called “Greetings From Motherland”. Read her message below and check out the links to find out more about it. Mindy also has an article in our latest Out Of Place, which you can order here:
Photo by Mindy Stricke
As many of you know, in 2009 I started Greetings From Motherland, an evolving multi-disciplinary community art project that brings women together to create honest representations of motherhood. I’ve led workshops in Madison, Wisconsin and Toronto, Ontario, and I’m currently running an eight-week workshop with mothers at the Harbourfront Community Centre in Toronto with a grant from the Toronto Arts Council. You can learn more about Greetings From Motherland through the website and blog http://www.greetingsfrommotherland.com, or by liking us on Facebook.
1) A Talk: I was recently invited to be the guest speaker for the Mother Outlaws’ Speakers Series, a free monthly event open to the public presenting topical issues on motherhood and feminism. I spoke about the evolution of the project, my process of collaboration, and stories and art from completed and in-progress works. The audience was also invited to contribute to the Motherland Postcard Rack, an evolving participatory installation from the project.
2) A Documentary: Two summers ago, I ran a five-week project with an incredible group of mothers in Madison, Wisconsin that culminated in Good Eater, a site-specific installation about food and motherhood in the most beautiful community gardens I’ve ever seen.
I was very lucky that Brijetta Hall Waller, a talented filmmaker and participant in the first workshops that I ran in Madison, thought that a Greetings From Motherland project would make a good subject for a documentary, and recorded our process for posterity. The wonderful result was At The Table: Mothers Sharing Their Stories Through Art, which subsequently screened at the Wisconsin Film Festival. In honor of Mother’s Day this year, Metta Productions released the film online. You can watch it here: http://www.vimeo.com/41574011
3) Photos for Sale: To help raise money for next year’s project at the Harbourfront Community Centre, I’m offering images of imagined landscapes of Motherland for sale from the installation You Are Not Where You Were. The photos make great gifts and would look wonderful in a kids’ room. They’re available as prints and cards. http://gfm.printroom.com/
All the best,