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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: $670

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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

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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.

See Abigail’s website

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!

Jen Otey

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"Midwife"

 

 

"Milkweed"

 

 

"Mother Earth"

 

 

"Rebirth"

 

 

"Sun"

 

About Jen

MOONbow ARTworks was established in 2002 by Jen Otey in Girdwood Alaska following shamanic training she recieved while living there. Since that time the studio has moved and traveled where Spirit guides her to go…Cripple Creek, Alaska, The Big Island of Hawaii, and a few points in between. She currently splits time between interior Alaska and Southwest Virginia.

Jen’s art focuses on the empowerment of womyn and men through the Sacred Feminine and the spiritual and intuitive aspects of birth.  She is particularly interested in helping womyn and men look deep within for their own truth, beauty, faith, strength, compassion for themselves and others, a deeper connection to the feminine aspect of The Creator and the balance of masculine and feminine energies. Over the years she has developed her intuition as a tool for creating works of art that speak to people on a deeply personal and intuitive level.

To see more of Jen’s work visit her website here!

Ali

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"Essence of Pregnancy" felt and embroidery

This glowing art piece reflects the natural beauty of pregnancy.

About Ali

I am wife to a wonderful skateboarding soldier and stay-at-home-mother to a beautiful curly-headed girl and smiley-faced baby boy!  I’m also a birth doula and equestrian, as well as nature-lover!

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“Yemaya”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $160

Original (12×12 inches):  SOLD

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Yemaya is the Yoruban Orisha or Goddess of the living Ocean, considered the Mother of All. She is the source of all the waters, including the rivers of Western Africa, especially the River Ogun. Her name is a contraction of Yey Omo Eja, which means “Mother Whose Children are the Fish”.  When her waters broke it caused the great flood that inundated the world and created the seven seas.  She then gave birth to fourteen powerful orishas.  According to legend, Yemaya is the mother of all life.

As all life is thought to have begun in the Sea, all life is held to have begun with Yemaya. She is motherly and strongly protective, and cares deeply for all Her children, comforting them and cleansing them of sorrow. She is said to be able to cure infertility in women, and cowrie shells represent her wealth. It is said when you hold a conch shell to your ear you can hear her voice, which is why I put a cross section of a shell in her belly.

She does not easily lose Her temper, but when angered she can be quite destructive and violent, as the Sea in a storm.

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“Gaia”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $250

Original: SOLD

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Here is the largest piece I’ve done so far (about 28×28 in). I really wanted to get the detail of the animals within her belly so I had to go larger.

Gaia is the Earth Mother Goddess. Along with the baby in her belly there are various animals, frogs, snails, snakes, beetles, snakes, dragonflies, etc.

Spreading from her fingers are the seasons. Vines spreading from spring buds to summer flowers, trees with changing leaves and winter berries.

“Triple Goddess”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $170

Original: Not Available

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Many people identify with the “Triple Goddess” represented by the Mother, Maiden, and Crone. It is a physical embodiment of the cycle of life as well as different aspects of humanity. The Maiden represents enchantment, inception, expansion, the promise of new beginnings, birth, youth and youthful enthusiasm, represented by the waxing moon. The Mother represents ripeness, fertility, sexuality, fulfillment, stability, power and life represented by the full moon. The Crone represents wisdom, repose, death, and endings represented by the waning moon.

I also chose a different element that I felt represented each Goddess.  The Maiden/infant is water to represent the fluidity of youth.  The Mother is earth, represented by flowers in bloom to signify the fullness and ripeness of motherhood.  The Crone is sky/air because she has wisdom that transcends and an ethereal expansiveness.

I chose circles inside themselves, one after another, to represent our lineage to the mothers that came before us. You can read more about this in a story from Tami Lynn Kent, published in We’Moon:

With five small bowls that fit neatly together, one inside the other, I am teaching women about the power of the uterus. The largest bowl fits inside the palm of my hand, and the smallest is the size of pencil eraser. These bowls represent the way the uterus holds energy and passes information from one generation to another. The women watch as I align the bowls, one by one, according to their size.

I point to the smallest bowl, saying “This is you.” Slipping this tiny bowl into the next one I say, “You were held in your mother’s womb.” Placing the two bowls together into the next bowl I say, “Your mother’s eggs were fully formed while she was held in her mother’s body. In this way, you were also held in your grandmother’s womb.” I continue to join the bowls together, until the five are sitting in my palm, one inside another. “Because your grandmother carries the energy of her mother’s and grandmother’s wombs, so you are linked to them as well.” The bowls rest neatly in my hand. The women sit squarely in front of me. I see each of them wrapped in layers of female energy from the women ancestors who came before them.

I set the bowls down. “Now, this is you,” I tell them, pointing to the largest bowl. From the large bowl I lift the next bowl, which still holds three others. “This is one of your creations.” One by one, I lift the smaller bowls and place each next to the bowl that served as its container. With each bowl, I tell the women, “This is the seed of one of your creations.” I continue until the five bowls, five generations, sit in a line. Each bowl is seperate, but the action of lifting one bowl from the next reveals the nature of this shared lineage. “This is how your womb, and the energy that you carry, influences all that you create. This is your legacy of creation.” The room is silent, as the women remember their mother place.

Check out more of Tami Lynn Kent’s work at www.wildfeminine.com

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“Yoni”

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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:

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The Sanskrit name for the female body part, “yoni” means “source or origin of life” or “divine passage.”  In contrast, “vagina” means “sheath or scabbard for a sword.”  I like yoni much more as it celebrates femininity instead of making it completely masculine.  It shows an entirely different reverence.  The downward triangle also symbolizes femininity.  For more information about “Yoni” go here.

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