The Maternity Collection

Designed for all the moments of motherhood — the beautiful, the messy and the downright shitty.

 

The muses for this campaign are women from all walks of life and in all stages of their motherhood journey. They were kind enough to let us into their worlds (virtually, of course), share their stories and expose the real, raw moments that make motherhood so beautiful. This campaign was shot through FaceTime and Zoom by @kathylo15.

Ally Marzella

@artwerk9999

Mother of Earth Temper Lee Marzella

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: Sometimes I think I know who I am, often I'm not sure. I was born and raised in Rhode Island and went to RISD for apparel design. I moved to a 6 bedroom loft in bushwick right after graduating that I still live in and manage 8 years later. I transitioned from design work to artistic practices including performance and fine art. I model and act as well. Friends, family, nature and movement all motivate and ignite joy in me. My life is often chaotic and rarely consistent. I am actively striving for balance and always growing.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: Parenthood has been a long development for me in many ways and has abruptly become a very literal occupation for me recently. I feel both lost in and empowered by this new journey. I feel raw and magical and like I somehow know what I'm doing when it comes to taking care of Earth but still spiraling in the unknown of existing in general.

 

Q: How do you think becoming a parent has changed you?

A: I never conceptualized parenthood very seriously prior to getting pregnant/giving birth. These last 4 months of motherhood have been intensive and incredibly rewarding. My stress levels are different but the same in many ways. I am so lucky to have had a healthy pregnancy, successful birth and now a wonderful baby.
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Anja Tyson

@anjattyson

Mother of Matilda

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I'm Anja, I'm a Brooklynite and a single mom, and I've been working in fashion for about 18 years now. What brings me the most real joy is making a positive impact on the world, whether that be by contributing to systemic progress or by helping out one single person who needs a hand.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: I am a perfectionist and pretty hard on myself 24/7. Right before they closed schools and New York went on PAUSE, I remember reading all this stuff from people talking about how they were going to take up yoga and write a book and cook healthy and I remember staring at my screen in near tears (I cry every day now it's a way of life) and being like…we just have to survive. And I didn't necessarily know how to make that happen. We didn't learn any new languages, we struggled through remote learning, we have eaten worse lately than we ever have before, but you know what? It's a pandemic. When Matilda grows up I hope what she remembers from this time is that she felt safe, comfortable, and happy, that's really all that matters. The rest I leave to her therapist.

 

Q: How do you think becoming a parent has changed you?

A: I am soooo tired, and when you have a newborn everyone tells you the tiredness is a phase but the reality for me is that I never really bounced back to my pre-child energy levels. But the plus side of being so tired is that it's really difficult to shake me. We have been through a lot as a family, and if I were not so exhausted trying to raise a good person and nurture a meaningful work life and keep myself sane I would probably have too much excess energy that would translate into frivolous anxiety. If you're too tired for that you can just take it as it comes. Parenthood taught me to ride the wave, and once that started happening and I started trusting in nature and the universe and myself in general, everything became a little less of a struggle.

You're doing great

It's been a tough year. Whoever needs to hear it — you're doing a great job. That smiling baby is proof <3.

Amanda Wagner

8 months pregnant

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I'm Amanda Joy Wagner, I'm from Minneapolis, MN and am currently living with my husband, Robert, in Atlanta, GA, where I am a third year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine. After having just about every position in the fashion industry (design, sales, stylist, journalism) and dealing with some major family and personal health challenges in my mid-twenties, I decided to completely change the direction of my life and go back to school to become a doctor. It's been a long road (I had to take all the basic science classes before I could even apply) but I am now more than half-way done with my medical education and super excited to be closer to actually caring for patients. I hope to one day have a women's health practice (either as an OBGYN, reproductive endocrinologist or reproductive psychiatrist) where I can work with and treat women from a more holistic and whole-istic perspective.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: I think being pregnant allows you to have the time to really transition into the new role of being a parent. The more time I've spent pregnant, the bigger my belly has gotten, the more I feel him kick, the more real it becomes and the more clear the conversations and thoughts my husband and I have about this new chapter in our lives become.


Q: What's your favorite thing about being a soon-to-be parent?

A: At this point I'm just super excited to meet the little man that's been growing inside of me since January. It's been fun to talk to him and sing to him and imagine what he will look like and be like. We just can't wait for him to be a part of our lives and start to make memories and have traditions and just really settle into becoming a family of three!

Briana Rose

@lavender__moonchild

27 weeks pregnant

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: My name is Briana Rose. I was born and raised in Chicago. For the past 4 years, I have been living in Brooklyn and working in the corporate fashion world. Even though I moved to New York for fashion, I found myself falling in love with herbalism, tarot, astrology, and other modalities within the spiritual community. Due to the pandemic, I was laid off and also got the unexpected news that I was pregnant. Throughout the whirlwind of emotions that already came with these unprecedented times, I was swept off my feet with the shock and confusion of the presence of the new soul that had graced my body. I was forced to surrender and accept this blessing of this amazing, tiny, human inside of me.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: This is my first child so I am very new to the parenthood experience. I had no idea how much I would need to actively take care of my health. I never thought my 7 years of meditation would help me listen to my body deeply as it transforms each month. Parenthood has been an active act of surrendering to the changes that come, while also requiring me to prepare for the life-changing experience of having a child.

 

Q: What's your favorite thing about being a soon-to-be parent?

A: My favorite thing about being a new parent is the anticipation of meeting my child. Playing with the ideas of different facial features, and personality types, or trying to guess if my son will be more like mommy or daddy. Even guessing his moon and rising sign before he comes lol. I also enjoy the new depths of intimacy, support, and trust that has developed over the months with partner/co-parent.

Expect the Unexpected

Parenthood is full of surprises.

“Social media glorifies pregnancy in a way that almost makes it look so easy, and just so smooth. It's very different, actually being pregnant and going through the motions of it every day.”

- Caláh Jones

“The ideas that have changed [about parenthood] have been how I view myself — how hard it’s been to find myself again through all of this. What’s also changed is I didn't expect guilt over every decision I make, especially that which directly concerns her to be so profound. It’s the weight of parenting that I couldn't really anticipate…”

-ShiShi Rose

“I was raised to believe I was made to be a mom. But over the past 6 months I’ve realized I've grown into being a mom. Your mind grows, your body grows, your soul grows into being a mom.”

- Frida Krueger

Caláh Jones

@calahjones

22 weeks pregnant

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi :) I'm Calah Jones, I'm a consultant, designer, and co-owner of Private Yard — a multi disciplinary interactive design atelier (@privateyard). I currently work out of and live in Atlanta, GA. As a child I had the opportunity of growing up all over the world. One of my favorite places I've lived has been Kathmandu, Nepal in South East Asia. I lived here for a lot of my formative years and it really shaped how I view/approach things and my taste. Animals, outdoors, family, food, and adventure bring so much joy to my life as well as my work! I love the work I do; being able to provide innovative results to agencies/companies and elevate technology daily in motion design.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: Pregnancy has completely changed my views on parenthood. If you asked me a year ago if I wanted kids, my answer would have been "NO!" hahaha, things have just changed! As a little one, I didn't see myself having kids for a long time. Also a huge thing that has shifted for me is my entire perspective on pregnancy, whew it is harddddd, hahaha! Social media glorifies pregnancy in a way that almost makes it look so easy, and just so smooth. It's very different, actually being pregnant and going through the motions of it everyday. It also has been very rewarding for me, and I get so excited every time I feel little kicks.

 

Q: How would you describe yourself as a soon-to-be parent?

A: I'd say I'm at a very vulnerable stage right now, there's a lot to take in being a soon to be parent. Every day I'm going through completely new changes with my body, my mental state and just getting prepared. My aim every day is to remain as open as I can to new information and to go with the flow!

Frida Kreuger

@therealdealnc

37 weeks pregnant

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I’m from Washington Heights, New York and I'm an assorted bag of chips of creative endeavors. I’m a lady Rager, a fashion designer, photographer, painter, model, and now most importantly a mom. A little bit of this a little bit of that. My life is a big mosh pit. I'm punching my way through everything, I fall, I get up, I keep going. I love doing the things I thought I couldn’t and proving myself wrong, that brings me the most joy.

 

Q: What has your experience been with parenthood?

A: It’s been scary. Being a single mom I doubt how much can I give her — will I fail her, am I enough? I constantly remind myself I can and I will. I’ll move the earth for her and whatever I don’t know I’ll learn. I’ll adapt and I’ll evolve to give her everything she needs.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: I was raised to believe I was made to be a mom. But over the past 6 months I’ve realized I've grown into being a mom. Your mind grows, your body grows, your soul grows into being a mom. You grow as your child grows and I’ve realized everything isn’t like the books or the movies or the family stories. It’s not picture perfect but it’s worth the picture.

Iconika

@iconikaxrated

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: My life is centered around my 6-month old baby at the moment. What brings me joy is seeing my baby smile every day — it's a sign of my great parenting.

 

Q: What has your experience been with parenthood?

A: It's been a learning experience. Everything feels new. I would say parenthood has become my safe space where I'm growing every day. I think it's important to have a foundation of a solid friendship with the person you decide to mate with because it's important that the child be raised by the mother and father. It's hard to maintain that sort of dynamic in a household where the parents aren’t friends.

 

Q: How do you think becoming a parent has changed you?

A: It definitely changed my body type and my day-to-day. I used to be strung out from work. Literally I was an addict for my art so it's taken some time for me to readjust to my work/living space while being a mother.

ShiShi Rose

@shishi.rose

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I'm a Black woman, that has been one of the most important and impactful parts of my identity. Everything flows through that. I'm also a writer and a birth and postpartum Doula. Recently I’ve added motherhood. She’s my everything — but I’m starting to realize that she can’t be everything. Trying to get back to what brings me joy and remember who I was 6 months ago before she was born.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: The ideas that have changed have been how I view myself — how hard it’s been to find myself again through all of this. What’s also changed is I didn't expect guilt over every decision I make, especially that which directly concerns her to be so profound. It’s the weight of parenting that I couldn't really anticipate....

 

...Other ideas that have changed have been more so looking outwards at the world and fully understanding how it lacks care for postpartum people and community. As a Doula I’ve seen firsthand how uncared for most postpartum people are and how many watch their communities fail to support them in the ways that they need. This time has made me realize truly how intertwined the failures of the world/our country are with lack of care, support, and nourishment of the postpartum person. Humans birth and enter the world in such messy, complicated, complex, and unsupported ways and then we as a society pretend that people are truly thriving afterwards. My idea of parenthood is that it’s the most important job on this planet that it is completely undervalued — even though it produces the people. People who work and love and build and create. And I wonder how different everything would function if people asked to hold the parents too, not just the baby.

Synmia Rosine

@synmiarosine

Mother of Kiyoka & Ossian

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I am constantly evolving, reshaping and mending to be better and to act in love. I am a California native, I was born and grew up in Los Angeles. I was a more nomadic soul before children. Now my energy is divided between being a sustainable family and into elevating the healing in others. Honestly and truly, my work and my family bring me the biggest joy. If nothing else, that's what this year has shown me... being present for my family and being of service to those in need, were the two aspects I cared about most. Whether it be by way of ancestral foods and plant medicine, or through my role as a birthworker, or (Divine) Mother of my family, I've realized these things are what feed my creative Spirit.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: You truly cannot depend on any one source to raise your own star seeds. Without external institutions, camps, classes, care, these last 6 months have forced me (us) to really reevaluate our role as parent/teacher/nurturer, and human on this planet. How my actions and intentions affect our children's mind and Spirit. And how now, maybe more than ever before, closeness, community, loving, nurturing, knowledge are important aspects that must be implemented on a daily basis.


Q: How would you describe yourself as a parent?

A: We raise our seeds more intuitively. We are not quick to research, Google, reach for outside help. Not saying that the information is not valuable. We’re simply trying to reawaken our instinctual style of raising humans for survival. We take a hands off, learning approach to guiding our children to help facilitate and empower their own growth. We don't really press anything but manners lol. Otherwise, we encourage our children to explore, ask questions, and challenge themselves whenever possible.

Tyra Mitchell

@tryathezombie

Mother of Ava and Aurora

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: My name is Tyra Mitchell and I am a visual artist from Washington, DC. I spent the past few years of my life living and working in New York City – which I strongly credit in strengthening my artistic eye and helping me blossom as an artist (and human).

 

Q: How do you think becoming a parent has changed you?

A: My life changed completely after giving birth to my daughters. While I was able to get shoots and creative work done here and there, I eventually had to realize that life would never actually be the same. But nonetheless, I wouldn’t change a thing about the trajectory of my life so far. I have evolved so much since becoming a mother. I see life more clearly than before. Motherhood for me is not perfect at all and sometimes it gets extremely hectic and overwhelming, but I take the challenges and grow from them. Parenthood is all about your mindset and your community. I was very blessed to have a strong support system since the beginning.

 

Q: What has your experience been with parenthood?

A: Creating Art Mom Project has definitely been one of my proudest in my motherhood journey so far. Being able to connect with and hold a space for other artist mothers is such a great accomplishment. I’ve been able to help many mothers across the world feel less alone in their journey and develop a community for them. Overall, I am currently in a really good space in my parenthood journey. Finally getting over the hump of PPD along with other major stressors from the earlier days, finally able to move into my own home soon, finally making peace with myself about things that felt out of my control when I was in fact in control the whole time — it feels great! As I said, parenthood is all about your mindset! It’s important to water yourself and bloom so that your children can be recipients of this energy. Not easy, but not impossible!

Xavier Cha

@xaviercha

Mother of Tear

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I am an artist, I've lived in New York since 2004, I've also taught private pilates since 2008. I'm usually very active (pre-pregnancy) — my physical practice is very important to my being. I train competitively in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and used to train also in muay thai — and I surf. What brings me joy is feeling my thoughts and energy culminate into creative or physical expression, like seeing a project go from conception to the stage or screen, especially when collaborative, or winning a match I've been training for for months.

 

Q: What has your experience been with parenthood?

A: It's been very challenging — mainly coming to terms with letting go of my independence. I have pretty much been entirely focused on myself and fulfilling my own needs, goals, desires up to this point. Especially as an artist, I feel most artists live a very self-serving lifestyle, especially here in NY. I miss a lot about my life before, but I don't believe I would have experienced personal growth or evolution as a person if I didn't have a child.


Q: How do you think becoming a parent has changed you?

A: I'm really learning to be more kind and loving to myself — I think that's the main shift because I see so clearly that baby Tear deserves to feel joy, to feel free. I see this is really what it's all about. And then it occurs to me that this applies to myself too.

The Maternity Collection

Designed for all the moments of motherhood — the beautiful, the messy and the downright shitty.

The muses for this campaign are women from all walks of life and in all stages of their motherhood journey. They were kind enough to let us into their worlds (virtually, of course), share their stories and expose the real, raw moments that make motherhood so beautiful. This campaign was shot through FaceTime and Zoom by @kathylo15.

Ally Marzella

@artwerk9999

Mother of Earth Temple Lee Marzella

 

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: Sometimes I think I know who I am, often I'm not sure. I was born and raised in Rhode Island and went to RISD for apparel design. I moved to a 6 bedroom loft in Bushwick right after graduating that I still live in and manage 8 years later. I transitioned from design work to artistic practices including performance and fine art. I model and act as well. Friends, family, nature and movement all motivate and ignite joy in me. My life is often chaotic and rarely consistent. I am actively striving for balance and always growing.

 

Q: What has your experience been with parenthood?

A: Parenthood has been a long development for me in many ways and has abruptly become a very literal occupation for me recently. I feel both lost in and empowered by this new journey. I feel raw and magical and like I somehow know what I'm doing when it comes to taking care of Earth but still spiraling in the unknown of existing in general.

 

Q: What's your favorite thing about being a parent?

A: Earth and sharing Earth with others. Earth is so fucking cool. I wanna be just like her when I grow up.

Anja Tyson

@anjattyson

Mother of Matilda

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I'm Anja, I'm a Brooklynite and a single mom, and I've been working in fashion for about 18 years now. What brings me the most real joy is making a positive impact on the world, whether that be by contributing to systemic progress or by helping out one single person who needs a hand.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: I am a perfectionist and pretty hard on myself 24/7. Right before they closed schools and New York went on PAUSE, I remember reading all this stuff from people talking about how they were going to take up yoga and write a book and cook healthy and I remember staring at my screen in near tears (I cry every day now it's a way of life) and being like…we just have to survive. And I didn't necessarily know how to make that happen. We didn't learn any new languages, we struggled through remote learning, we have eaten worse lately than we ever have before, but you know what? It's a pandemic. When Matilda grows up I hope what she remembers from this time is that she felt safe, comfortable, and happy, that's really all that matters. The rest I leave to her therapist.

 

Q: How do you think becoming a parent has changed you?

A: I am soooo tired, and when you have a newborn everyone tells you the tiredness is a phase but the reality for me is that I never really bounced back to my pre-child energy levels. But the plus side of being so tired is that it's really difficult to shake me. We have been through a lot as a family, and if I were not so exhausted trying to raise a good person and nurture a meaningful work life and keep myself sane I would probably have too much excess energy that would translate into frivolous anxiety. If you're too tired for that you can just take it as it comes. Parenthood taught me to ride the wave, and once that started happening and I started trusting in nature and the universe and myself in general, everything became a little less of a struggle.

You're Doing Great

It's been a tough year. Whoever needs to hear it — you're doing a great job. That smiling baby is proof <3.

 

Amanda Wagner

33 weeks pregnant

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I'm Amanda Joy Wagner, I'm from Minneapolis, MN and am currently living with my husband, Robert, in Atlanta, GA, where I am a third year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine. After having just about every position in the fashion industry (design, sales, stylist, journalism) and dealing with some major family and personal health challenges in my mid-twenties, I decided to completely change the direction of my life and go back to school to become a doctor. It's been a long road (I had to take all the basic science classes before I could even apply) but I am now more than half-way done with my medical education and super excited to be closer to actually caring for patients. I hope to one day have a women's health practice (either as an OBGYN, reproductive endocrinologist or reproductive psychiatrist) where I can work with and treat women from a more holistic and whole-istic perspective.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: I think being pregnant allows you to have the time to really transition into the new role of being a parent. The more time I've spent pregnant, the bigger my belly has gotten, the more I feel him kick, the more real it becomes and the more clear the conversations and thoughts my husband and I have about this new chapter in our lives become.


Q: What's your favorite thing about being a soon-to-be parent?

A: At this point I'm just super excited to meet the little man that's been growing inside of me since January. It's been fun to talk to him and sing to him and imagine what he will look like and be like. We just can't wait for him to be a part of our lives and start to make memories and have traditions and just really settle into becoming a family of three!

Briana Rose

@lavender__moonchild

27 weeks pregnant

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: My name is Briana Rose. I was born and raised in Chicago. For the past 4 years, I have been living in Brooklyn and working in the corporate fashion world. Even though I moved to New York for fashion, I found myself falling in love with herbalism, tarot, astrology, and other modalities within the spiritual community. Due to the pandemic, I was laid off and also got the unexpected news that I was pregnant. Throughout the whirlwind of emotions that already came with these unprecedented times, I was swept off my feet with the shock and confusion of the presence of the new soul that had graced my body. I was forced to surrender and accept this blessing of this amazing, tiny, human inside of me.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: This is my first child so I am very new to the parenthood experience. I had no idea how much I would need to actively take care of my health. I never thought my 7 years of meditation would help me listen to my body deeply as it transforms each month. Parenthood has been an active act of surrendering to the changes that come, while also requiring me to prepare for the life-changing experience of having a child.

 

Q: What's your favorite thing about being a soon-to-be parent?

A: My favorite thing about being a new parent is the anticipation of meeting my child. Playing with the ideas of different facial features, and personality types, or trying to guess if my son will be more like mommy or daddy. Even guessing his moon and rising sign before he comes lol. I also enjoy the new depths of intimacy, support, and trust that has developed over the months with partner/co-parent.

Expect the Unexpected

Parenthood is full of surprises.

“Social media glorifies pregnancy in a way that almost makes it look so easy, and just so smooth. It's very different, actually being pregnant and going through the motions of it every day.”

- Cala Jones

“The ideas that have changed [about parenthood] have been how I view myself — how hard it’s been to find myself again through all of this. What’s also changed is I didn't expect guilt over every decision I make, especially that which directly concerns her to be so profound. It’s the weight of parenting that I couldn't really anticipate…”

- ShiShi Rose

“I was raised to believe I was made to be a mom. But over the past 6 months I’ve realized I've grown into being a mom. Your mind grows, your body grows, your soul grows into being a mom.”

- Frida Krueger

Caláh Jones

@calahjones

27 weeks pregnant

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi :) I'm Calah Jones, I'm a consultant, designer, and co-owner of Private Yard — a multi disciplinary interactive design atelier (@privateyard). I currently work out of and live in Atlanta, GA. As a child I had the opportunity of growing up all over the world. One of my favorite places I've lived has been Kathmandu, Nepal in South East Asia. I lived here for a lot of my formative years and it really shaped how I view/approach things and my taste. Animals, outdoors, family, food, and adventure bring so much joy to my life as well as my work! I love the work I do; being able to provide innovative results to agencies/companies and elevate technology daily in motion design.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: Pregnancy has completely changed my views on parenthood. If you asked me a year ago if I wanted kids, my answer would have been "NO!" hahaha, things have just changed! As a little one, I didn't see myself having kids for a long time. Also a huge thing that has shifted for me is my entire perspective on pregnancy, whew it is harddddd, hahaha! Social media glorifies pregnancy in a way that almost makes it look so easy, and just so smooth. It's very different, actually being pregnant and going through the motions of it every day. It also has been very rewarding for me, and I get so excited every time I feel little kicks.

 

Q: How would you describe yourself as a soon-to-be parent?

A: I'd say I'm at a very vulnerable stage right now, there's a lot to take in being a soon to be parent. Every day I'm going through completely new changes with my body, my mental state and just getting prepared. My aim every day is to remain as open as I can to new information and to go with the flow!

Frida Kreuger

@therealdealnc

Just gave birth 4 days ago

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I’m from Washington Heights, New York and I'm an assorted bag of chips of creative endeavors. I’m a lady Rager, a fashion designer, photographer, painter, model, and now most importantly a mom. A little bit of this a little bit of that. My life is a big mosh pit. I'm punching my way through everything, I fall, I get up, I keep going. I love doing the things I thought I couldn’t and proving myself wrong, that brings me the most joy.

 

Q: What has your experience been with parenthood?

A: It’s been scary. Being a single mom I doubt how much can I give her — will I fail her, am I enough? I constantly remind myself I can and I will. I’ll move the earth for her and whatever I don’t know I’ll learn. I’ll adapt and I’ll evolve to give her everything she needs.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: I was raised to believe I was made to be a mom. But over the past 6 months I’ve realized I've grown into being a mom. Your mind grows, your body grows, your soul grows into being a mom. You grow as your child grows and I’ve realized everything isn’t like the books or the movies or the family stories. It’s not picture perfect but it’s worth the picture.

Iconika

@iconikaxrated

Mother to GOD - 6 months old

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: My life is centered around my 6-month old baby at the moment. What brings me joy is seeing my baby smile every day — it's a sign of my great parenting.

 

Q: What has your experience been with parenthood?

A: It's been a learning experience. Everything feels new. I would say parenthood has become my safe space where I'm growing every day. I think it's important to have a foundation of a solid friendship with the person you decide to mate with because it's important that the child be raised by the mother and father. It's hard to maintain that sort of dynamic in a household where the parents aren’t friends.

 

Q: How do you think becoming a parent has changed you?

A: It definitely changed my body type and my day-to-day. I used to be strung out from work. Literally I was an addict for my art so it's taken some time for me to readjust to my work/living space while being a mother.

ShiShi Rose

@shishi.rose

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I'm a Black woman, that has been one of the most important and impactful parts of my identity. Everything flows through that. I'm also a writer and a birth and postpartum Doula. Recently I’ve added motherhood. She’s my everything — but I’m starting to realize that she can’t be everything. Trying to get back to what brings me joy and remember who I was 6 months ago before she was born.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: The ideas that have changed have been how I view myself — how hard it’s been to find myself again through all of this. What’s also changed is I didn't expect guilt over every decision I make, especially that which directly concerns her to be so profound. It’s the weight of parenting that I couldn't really anticipate....

...Other ideas that have changed have been more so looking outwards at the world and fully understanding how it lacks care for postpartum people and community. As a Doula I’ve seen firsthand how uncared for most postpartum people are and how many watch their communities fail to support them in the ways that they need. This time has made me realize truly how intertwined the failures of the world/our country are with lack of care, support, and nourishment of the postpartum person. Humans birth and enter the world in such messy, complicated, complex, and unsupported ways and then we as a society pretend that people are truly thriving afterwards. My idea of parenthood is that it’s the most important job on this planet that it is completely undervalued — even though it produces the people. People who work and love and build and create. And I wonder how different everything would function if people asked to hold the parents too, not just the baby.

Synmia Rosine

@synmiarosine

Mother of Kiyoko & Ossian

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I am constantly evolving, reshaping and mending to be better and to act in love. I am a California native, I was born and grew up in Los Angeles. I was a more nomadic soul before children. Now my energy is divided between being a sustainable family and into elevating the healing in others. Honestly and truly, my work and my family bring me the biggest joy. If nothing else, that's what this year has shown me... being present for my family and being of service to those in need, were the two aspects I cared about most. Whether it be by way of ancestral foods and plant medicine, or through my role as a birthworker, or (Divine) Mother of my family, I've realized these things are what feed my creative Spirit.

 

Q: How has your idea of parenthood changed over the past 6 months?

A: You truly cannot depend on any one source to raise your own star seeds. Without external institutions, camps, classes, care, these last 6 months have forced me (us) to really reevaluate our role as parent/teacher/nurturer, and human on this planet. How my actions and intentions affect our children's mind and Spirit. And how now, maybe more than ever before, closeness, community, loving, nurturing, knowledge are important aspects that must be implemented on a daily basis.


Q: How would you describe yourself as a parent?

A: We raise our seeds more intuitively. We are not quick to research, Google, reach for outside help. Not saying that the information is not valuable. We’re simply trying to reawaken our instinctual style of raising humans for survival. We take a hands off, learning approach to guiding our children to help facilitate and empower their own growth. We don't really press anything but manners lol. Otherwise, we encourage our children to explore, ask questions, and challenge themselves whenever possible.

Tyra Mitchell

@tyrathezombie

Mother of Ava and Aurora

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: My name is Tyra Mitchell and I am a visual artist from Washington, DC. I spent the past few years of my life living and working in New York City – which I strongly credit in strengthening my artistic eye and helping me blossom as an artist (and human).

 

Q: How do you think becoming a parent has changed you?

A: My life changed completely after giving birth to my daughters. While I was able to get shoots and creative work done here and there, I eventually had to realize that life would never actually be the same. But nonetheless, I wouldn’t change a thing about the trajectory of my life so far. I have evolved so much since becoming a mother. I see life more clearly than before. Motherhood for me is not perfect at all and sometimes it gets extremely hectic and overwhelming, but I take the challenges and grow from them. Parenthood is all about your mindset and your community. I was very blessed to have a strong support system since the beginning.

 

Q: What has your experience been with parenthood?

A: Creating Art Mom Project has definitely been one of my proudest in my motherhood journey so far. Being able to connect with and hold a space for other artist mothers is such a great accomplishment. I’ve been able to help many mothers across the world feel less alone in their journey and develop a community for them. Overall, I am currently in a really good space in my parenthood journey. Finally getting over the hump of PPD along with other major stressors from the earlier days, finally able to move into my own home soon, finally making peace with myself about things that felt out of my control when I was in fact in control the whole time — it feels great! As I said, parenthood is all about your mindset! It’s important to water yourself and bloom so that your children can be recipients of this energy. Not easy, but not impossible!

Xavier Cha

@xaviercha

Mother of Tear

\Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I am an artist, I've lived in New York since 2004, I've also taught private pilates since 2008. I'm usually very active (pre-pregnancy) — my physical practice is very important to my being. I train competitively in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and used to train also in muay thai — and I surf. What brings me joy is feeling my thoughts and energy culminate into creative or physical expression, like seeing a project go from conception to the stage or screen, especially when collaborative, or winning a match I've been training for for months.

 

Q: What has your experience been with parenthood?

A: It's been very challenging — mainly coming to terms with letting go of my independence. I have pretty much been entirely focused on myself and fulfilling my own needs, goals, desires up to this point. Especially as an artist, I feel most artists live a very self-serving lifestyle, especially here in NY. I miss a lot about my life before, but I don't believe I would have experienced personal growth or evolution as a person if I didn't have a child.


Q: How do you think becoming a parent has changed you?

A: I'm really learning to be more kind and loving to myself — I think that's the main shift because I see so clearly that baby Tear deserves to feel joy, to feel free. I see this is really what it's all about. And then it occurs to me that this applies to myself too.