When I became a mother, I don’t think I realized how much the journey would change me, how much it would make me a better person, how my art would suffer. I adore my kids but it has been hard at times putting my creative energy on hold because there are only so many hours in the day and only so much energy to get through it. At the same time, motherhood has tapped into a whole new realm of creativity that I want- nay, need- to explore. Luckily for me, I’m not the only one who feels this way.
For the last several months, I have been working with a group of mothers to form our own Hackerspace. We are writers and welders, painters and printmakers, fiber artists and techies. There is a diverse range of interests and talents, but what binds us together is motherhood and our combined desire to have a space to make. So this is my latest project:
We are the first women’s hackerspace, located in Oakland, CA. It’s dedicated to giving mothers the time and space to explore DIY craft and design, hacker/maker culture, entrepreneurship, and all manner of creative expression. Because our kids learn by watching us, we provide on-site childcare every time we meet.
This Saturday, join us for our “Leave it to Beaver!” holiday art and artifact benefit from 12-5 in South Berkeley to fund a space of our own and some larger scale group projects. Come by and snag some great art, stuff our donation bra, and hang out with the Hackermoms! Pearls and heels guaranteed.