Thursday, March 12, 2009

not so much a review, more of a recommendation


this is the book i flew {85%} through on my 2 days away recently.

if you are are a mother with a passion for art/making/anything creative i highly recommend reading it. Rachel Power interviews well-known Australian women in the arts about the ins + outs of working out the two separate {yet uncannily, fundamentally linked} worlds of production.

i really loved reading this book – it's like a mix of getting together with life long friends/finding a mother's group of women you immediately connect with and reading a blog by your favourite artist/maker and realising that you are going through virtually the same things.

i actually took notes and underlined text {like a student!} while i was reading. there is a common thread in the interviews and narrative that resonated with me the most: for lots of these women having kids coincided with a huge increase in creative energy that just wont fizz out. i remember when i started my etsy shop + blog i was clumsily trying to include this concept in my bio/profile sections - but distilled it to point form, thinking that this wasn't something that people needed to read or know about me on that level! i guess i hadn't really discussed this with anyone before and just thought it to be part of my unconventional 'career path'.

and what a treat, finding the interview with film-maker Sarah Watt, who made a film that i really love, 'look both ways'.

i think you'll like it/relate to it even if you don't know of the women interviewed. after you read the book, you can also read Rachel's blog :)

5 comments:

tangled sky studio said...

happy belated blog birthday! i've been very wrapped up lately but wanted to say i love your use of pink these days and i will definitely be looking for this book at the library this weekend...

Chrisy said...

Thanks for telling us about this book...I'm definitely going to hunt it down...

mchen said...

Sounds like an inspiring book, and having looked into "look both ways", I really want to see it now. Thanks for both recommendations! And keep on truckin' :)

Sophie Appleby said...

Oooo I will have to check it out.

Also just wanted to let you know I have tagged you for the Kreativ Blogger award over on my blog! :)
Sophie x

ArtMind said...

I don't have kids but I'd like to read the book and see the film anyway! :) Thankd for posting this here! :)

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