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The Nesting Place

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This piece was done for Karen Pecora, midwife in Southern California. Each flower portrayed has a different significance:

  • The cherry blossom is a symbol of feminine beauty.  It also represents the feminine principle and love.
  • The jasmine flower is attachment, sensuality, modesty, grace and elegance.
  • The orange blossom is innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness. The orange blossom, which is the state flower of Florida, is traditionally associated with good fortune, and was popular in bridal bouquets and head wreaths for weddings.
  • The flower symbolism associated with poppies is beauty, magic, consolation, fertility and eternal life.
  • The flower symbolism associated with pussy willows is motherhood.

The Balance of Three

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: $1200 

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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This is a piece of a mama pregnant with twins, nurturing them like she’s nurturing the flowers growing from her palms.

I know that only monoamniotic twins develop in the same sac so that their cords would intertwine, but I kind of liked the symbolism that all three of them are intricately connected.  Also it looks like a Celtic knot!

Cocoon Birth

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Purchase:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: SOLD

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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Here is a piece I did for Cocoon Birth, a local doula organization providing on-call doula support to Mountain Midwifery Birth Center.

Nautilus

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: $1200 

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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When I was looking at a shell one day I counted all the tiny segments and realized there were exactly forty compartments.  That made me think of how babies grow in utero, spin, change positions, and are born.

Mother Sun/Mother Moon

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The idea for these pieces originally came from a photo I saw of my amazing home birth midwife Jessica Nipp.  It was of her and her first baby, bathed in sunlight and it was such a perfect, beautiful picture of how tender and intimate motherhood can be.  So once I started with that I moved on to the lunar side and how women have such ties to the lunar cycle.  Midwives often notice a lot of babies are born on the full moon, so I made her belly into the full moon.

Purchase Mother Sun:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: SOLD

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Purchase Mother Moon:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: $600

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Buy Together:

Both 6×6 “Mini Prints”:  $38

Both 8×8 digital:  $94

Both 12×12 Giclee prints:  $280

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

Abigail Wilson

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"Immaculate Birth" woodcut

This piece was inspired when a friend of mine became pregnant, and my thoughts turned to the responsibility and power inherent in mothers.  Birthing and raising a child is a beautiful, intricate experience connected to and affecting the larger world.  It is an opportunity to inspire a relationship between our children and the greater living web that we belong to.

"In Between Dreams" woodcut

A reduction woodcut essentially recycles a single piece of wood, carving for the first layer, printing, then carving on the same block for the next color, printing…  The process takes more careful planning both with the image and the printing process, and reduces the number of prints that can be made.  In this piece I explore the transitory and transformative space we enter in moments of growth.  Sometimes viewers speak of death, and sometimes of birth; these two experiences are just different directions through the same door and so not mutually exclusive.   The birds, soft colors, and gentle lines evoke a sense of peace and possibility, keeping away from the fear often experienced in such moments.  In this way, even the viewer who sees death will also see it as a type of birth, a natural and reverent time.

My first large-format woodcut, this piece exploded with the power of women, and the struggle for independence that has defined our history.  Though not necessarily birth art, the woman shows the inner strength that allows a woman to give birth.  This same strength empowers her to take hold of her own destiny, and bring her into a greater connection with the natural cycles and energies of the world around her.

All pieces are woodcuts, a process in which I gradually carve away the negative space in the image. When finished, the wood resembles a large stamp upon which I roll a thin layer of ink.  Pressure is used to transfer the ink to paper (sometimes a press, often my own hands and baren).  The process leaves an embossed, black and white image.

About Abigail

I graduated from UNC-CH’s Studio Art program in 2009, and am planning on receiving an MFA in Printmaking as a first step in becoming a college professor.  Much of my time is spent exploring the great outdoors, which is the focus and source of my inspiration.

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Hilary Green

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"Birth Angel" acrylic and tin on canvas

"Spiral of LIfe" acrylic on canvas

About Hilary

I am an artist and a doula based in South Africa. As a birth junkie, I find myself naturally attracted to the beauty of a pregnant woman and I have only just recently tried to portray this in my art. These were my first attempts but I have many more to come!