#Motherartist – Erin Hüber – For WILLOW Magazine
Willow’s vision is to give, share, support and empower mothers across the globe. Consequently, her search for conscious contributors unveiled some remarkable mother artist’s. Immediately, Willow knew she was to create a space especially for them.
With a minimal advertisement ethos, Willow’s mission is to give our mamas the opportunity to showcase their work, their talent, their art. In doing so we hope it will inspire women all around the world to engage their inner child and get creative.
Willow honors the #motherartist in you.
#Motherartist dictionary definition
/ mə-thər är-tist/ noun:
1. a female artist and mother / a female parent who creates art
2. one who walks in both worlds / one who walks in two worlds
3. Erin Hüber
Here’s what Erin Hüber, Founder of the Mother Artist Project and creator of the #motherartist movement, has to say on making art and motherhood…
“I started MAP a few years ago in hopes to shed light on the topic of mothers in the arts. I felt that we were nearly invisible and I truly wanted to change that. What was once just my personal situation and frustration – turned into a way of helping others who faced the same challenges that I did- or do.
One interview grew like wildfire and the project was starting to move people. It has grown to where MAP is worldwide now- I try to interview people from every location . It has formed a community within my own city, to the point where I just opened a nanny service for mother artists while they work in their studios.
I also have had a collaboration show with these mothers and their children that was a success and host a Mother Artist Market every May where they sell their work.
I’m about to launch a monthly workshop and even film nights, play dates, museum outings and so on. It is more than just a blog now and I am very very thankful.”
You can find the mother artist project on Facebook as well as Instagram. (insert links)
A mother artist, balancing both worlds and loving it. I had a studio at The Harrison Center in downtown Indianapolis. I am married and mother six children. I truly believe that everyone should follow their dreams. That balance is possible. You can have it all – if you want it badly enough. I love being a mother and I love art – I love it so much that I created MAP. I look at it as a well of inspiration..a database of very creative women. This project was created to inspire. To create a sisterhood of artists. This blog is a behind the scenes look into the lives of hardworking mother artists. It’s about being a female artist and mother. It’s about the marriage of the two. The woes, the thrills and the balancing act. It’s about honesty and the journey, the stories of mother artists around the world. My goal is to share this with you through words and photographs.
I am a painter, photographer, blogger and paper cutter based in Indianapolis, Indiana. My work is inspired by the events that take place in my life. I love to tell stories in cut paper while my paintings offer a more colorful perspective. I am a mother artist – which means I work twice as hard and often without sleep. I am also the founder of the Mother Artist Project – themotherartistproject.blogspot.com a project that sheds light on the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of the lives of mother artists. The project is meant to inspire, promote and encourage mother artists through the interviews, workshops, artist talks and art exhibits.
Interview for WILLOW
Which came first – motherhood or art?
I knew at an early age that I wanted to be an artist. It hit me in second grade when I won a first place blue ribbon for a piece of art that I made. We had an art show in the hallway and I remember my mother being so excited to attend. She held my hand and we talked about the art and then we came to my picture. I remember the joy on her face and that moment changed my life. For the first time- I felt as though I was actually good at something and that through what I did, I could make someone smile, or think, or change. Motherhood came much later. By the time I reached my senior year of high school I already knew that I wanted a large family. I wanted what my great grandmother had- a farm, a handful of children,happiness and a sense of belonging. I currently have four beautiful, funny, talented and amazing children of my own- (who are already little artists) and they have filled my life in a way that has made me a better person and a very hard working artist..
What inspires your work? Share your creation process with us…
My work is often a reflection of what I am currently going through. Art for me has always been an outlet, my therapy. When my step father tragically died when I was fourteen – it was art that saved me. It was my only voice. I am inspired by life- good or bad. Depending on what I need to say – I either sketch it out and it becomes a paper cutting or I paint it out.
Tell us about those munchkin/s that made you a mama!
After my near fatal car accident at age 19 – where I actually died and came back. I bought myself a ticket to Europe to celebrate my 21st birthday. My goal was to soak up as much art as possible and perhaps fall in love with the place and never go home. For I wanted to be an artist – in Europe. Half way through the trip, I wanted to sleep like never before (oh it must be jet lag). Food either sounded amazing or repulsing (oh it must be the jet lag).. Wa La – I was pregnant with my son Aidan, right there in a Zurich, Switzerland.. and he is now 17 years old. I remember thinking then – I know that I am young, but I will be the best mother out there. I’ve had three more since then.. Josephine – 14. Izzy- 5 and Zurich age 4. All of my children have influenced my work. They have inspired me, improved my patience, and have shown me what dedication means.. what love truly means. I’ve had times of being happily married and times of being a single mother. Through the trials and the success I have been able to help others with what I’ve learned.
Your mothering style in 3 words?
Intuitive – I use all of my senses. I can predict a need, see it coming, know when they are fine or not, I truly pay attention. Which is so important in this busy culture. Be present!
Compassionate – I think the world needs more compassion .. and I try very hard to show it. It all starts at home. Teach your children – and they will teach theirs.
Patient – I am not always the most patient person but I have learned patience through raising my children. Sometimes we don’t always get the answers we want right now. It is important to accept that timing is everything- even with mothering.
When and where do you create from?
In 2014 I was blessed with my very first studio, which is located downtown Indianapolis, Indiana in one of my favorite historic districts. Down the street, once lived the United States president Benjamin Harrison – along with poets and painters. Having a professional studio has been a dream come true and it truly is my favorite place. I spend a handful of hours there each week starting in the morning. However, as a mother I can not always be in the studio and so I work from home at a desk, or even at the kitchen counter. If the work is burning inside of me- it doesn’t matter where I am…. I will make it anywhere.
How has motherhood shaped your art?
Motherhood has become something that I understand and that I know like the back of my hand. I have been mothering for 17 years. My work has become more focused on domestic issues because of mothering..For example, my paper cutting “Up In Smoke”, I was boiling a pot of water one day – stressed to the max and stood there watching the steam rise. At that very moment I imagined being a part of the steam – and just wanted to go up .. up .. up and disappear. I never got to actually go up with the steam (smile) so I made a paper cutting about it instead.
As an artist – I am also an “activist” (if we must label it). At the same time that I got my studio in 2014, I was launching the Mother Artist Project. A project where I interview and document the lives of mother artists behind the scenes as they balance two very different worlds -mothering and being an artist. My goal was to create a data base of female artists who are also mothers and to shed light on their hard work. It was also meant to inspire them. Endless interviews, with countless stories of how these mother artists were making their dreams come true. What started as a simple interview – began spreading like wildfire.. and the project is still going strong. The Mother Artist Project will have its second annual Mother Artist Market in May and will also be launching workshops, artist talks this spring. I have also started a small nanny service for mother artists so that they can make their art dreams come true. The Mother Artist Project is growing beyond interviews, it has truly given me purpose within my community and has changed my life. My goal is to give back, inspire and to encourage women to accomplish their dreams no matter their situation.
What’s your favorite medium?
I have always been a painter. I truly love the smell of oils and the way they glide on a canvas but I also love paper cutting. I truly love making something so delicate and beautiful out of something we take for granted like paper.
How do you balance business, art and motherhood?
Staying organized is everything. I keep notes, I set daily reminders on my phone. I keep two calendars – one for family and one for personal and business events. I’m constantly checking emails and facebook and updating my websites and etsy shop. I know when to say “no” and I set boundaries for myself. I schedule my studio time and keep it on the same day every week. I still make dinner for my family and do all of the grocery shopping. I trust me, I have ordered a pizza on a night when a project trickled into my family time. I have had sleepless nights of painting until two am in my closet while watching netflix. I think as a mother we learn to get things done with the time is given. If you are a determined woman – you’ll find a way.
Words of wisdom for another #motherartist?
I believe that we are all here for a purpose. When you are called to be an artist – you truly need to be that artist. Art heals not only you but others. When you are given the gift of pregnancy – and motherhood – remember that this too has purpose. Your children are the best works of art that you will ever create.
What does Erin do for pure joy? How does she fill her cup ?
At the end of the day when I need to refill my cup – recharge or love myself I do things like – take a really hot bath. I like to drive out to the countryside alone. I love watching a sunset or sunrise. I like to go to the riverside and just take it all in.. I’ll watch a romantic period piece film
Find Erin and the Mother Artist Project (MAP)
Mother Artist Project: http://themotherartistproject.blogspot.com/2014/01/beyond-myself-mother-artist-project-2014.html?m=1
Article taken from ISSUE #1 of WILLOW magazine – The ‘CONCEPTION’
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