“Working, being creative, and finding joy in our work is something to celebrate, and it’s something for our children to get to witness . . . The Motherhood of Art embraces that very story . . . mothers who create and make art daily and how their passion fits into their family’s lives in the most beautiful of ways.”
—Joy Cho, Founder and Creative Director of Oh Joy!
“A shining testament for every artist pursuing their art career while having kids! . . . Meaningful stories that will help you feel connected to a large web of women.”
—Kaylan Buteyn, Artist and Creator of the Artist/Mother Podcast
“Beautiful and motivating! . . . Just what new and seasoned mothers need to feel empowered and motivated to carve out time for their creativity.”
—Samantha Dion Baker, Illustrator and Artist; Author, Draw Your Day
Balance motherhood and creative pursuits! Women and new mothers are constantly encountering the message that they can never do anything for themselves once they have children. This conversational book is like brunch with girlfriends, offering you friendly advice, community encouragement, and tips on carving time out for creative endeavors. Meet women who not only defied the "no more time to be an artist" stereotype but found motherhood gave them focus, confidence, and efficiency in their art and creative endeavors. Becoming mothers renewed a sense of purpose in their creative pursuits, and by prioritizing this need to create, they became more patient and better mothers to their children. Interview questions cover a range of topics, including early days and creative work, community and vulnerability, and tactics for regular creative practice. Whether you read it front to back or pick it up for a 5-minute dose of encouragement, this is the encouragement you can lean on for balancing family life and art in your own way.
Marissa Huber (Florida) is an artist, writer, mother, and connector. Heather Kirtland (Maryland) is a mother and artist with a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. They founded the online community Carve Out Time for Art to encourage other mothers to find a creative outlet. www.themotherhoodofart.com & www.carveouttimeforart.com