Monday, December 20, 2010

Still Life 365

Today I'd love to spotlight another website Still Life 365.  I love this website and truly believe that art can be a medium for healing.  Here is what Angie the founder of Still Life 365 says about her site.....

About Still Life 365
still life 365 is a unique art project for, about and by mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. still life 365 posts a piece of art every day by a poet, artist, photographer, crafter, musician, collagist, paper artist, filmmaker, painter, sculptor, fabric artist and ordinary person exploring grief through creativity. each piece is an expression of grief, survival, sadness, love and hope. still life 365 is intended to be a safe space for creative expression. still life 365 is open to anyone affected by pregnancy loss not simply parents.

still life 365 does not subscribe to any specific religious, philosophical or political agenda. we respect and welcome all points of view and ask that you do as well. still life 365 and the artists represented here appreciate feedback and discussion about the work through the comment section of that day’s post. please keep comments respectful and kind and they will not be erased.

About Angie
my name is angie. i am a mother. simply. after many years of working in a corporate marketing department as a writer, editor and creative coordinator, i decided to stay home with my first daughter beatrice. after my second daughter was lucia paz was stillborn at 38 weeks on winter solstice 2008, i began exploring my grief through poetry, painting, craft and art. grasping even a few minutes of focus during making a piece of art became a form of meditation and calm.

my poetry has been published in several on-line and print magazines including mothering magazine, literary mama, exhale and the now defunct in the rearview. since lucy's death, i have maintained a blog called still life with circles, dealing primarily with mothering and grief. i also am a regular contributor for the website glow in the woods. for 2010, i have undertaken the creative every day challenge, art every day month and nanowrimo, which i chronicle at still life everyday.

when i am not writing, maintaining blogs or mothering, i paint and illustrate mizuko jizo and other subjects dealing with babyloss, pregnancy and parenting at my etsy shop the Kenna Twins. i currently reside outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with my husband, children beezus and thor, and jack the dog.

still life 365 is a project conceived out of the sincere desire to create a safe creative space for grieving parents and family members to explore the different aspects of life after loss. my hope is to post a piece of art or writing every day this year. sharing my art and creations with other babylost mamas, and conversely seeing their art, helped to explore the different elements of my grief and journey. i hope it does the same for you.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite art pieces with all of you.  Be sure to stop by Still Life 365 and leave Angie a comment.  Thanks Angie, your website is beautiful, touching and healing!  Thank you artists Rachel & Amy for your permission to share your beautiful artwork!

my new mantra
watercolor  & pen

about the piece.
Now that I'm 10 months out from Lyra's death, I think people expect me to have mostly good days, and be back to normal. But my grief has not worked that way. One day can be good, and the next I feel like I'm kicked back to the ground. Some days when my grief or worry feels really overwhelming, I just have to keep telling myself to take a day at a time...or an hour at a time even.

about the artist.
Rachel lives in Kansas with her husband of four years and a gray cat. They lost their first child, Lyra, at 30 weeks due to placental abruption on December 18, 2009. Rachel maintains a blog called Curls O Fred.

Altered on computer by adding Sepia tinting

about the artist.
Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two greyhounds. Amy describes her journey, "Our only child Liam was born alive and apparently healthy on September 25, 2007, and was the joy of our lives. Our son Liam died soon after birth due to unexplained/unknown causes, shattering our world and our hearts. Art is an expression and release of my grief, and a way to honor the memory of our little man who is missed beyond words." Amy maintains a blog showcasing her Creative Everyday Challenge at Surviving the Day Every Day.


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