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Beyond the Resolutions...
 
After the razzmatazz of Christmas with its clear rituals of trees and tinsel, stockings and turkey, my son asked me on Dec 31st what the rituals were for this “New Year event thing.” I told him about staying up till midnight and he was distinctly underwhelmed, so I went on to talk about resolutions, about people giving up unwanted habits for the coming year. In the process I realised that since I became a mother making emphatic resolutions is the habit I have given up.

 I no longer like the idea of New Year resolutions for two reasons. Firstly it implies that change happens overnight, literally, from Dec 31st to Jan 1st. 

In my experience lasting change happens slowly, over many days and nights, or if it comes in a rush it is only because it has been brewing for months beforehand. The kind of transformation that happens fast is rarely trustworthy. Ask Cinderella and she’ll tell you how all your sparkling coaches may turn back to pumpkins on the stroke of midnight, not even lasting until the new morning.  Linked to the question of how lasting is the change, is the other problem I have with the idea of setting resolutions: within the concept lies the potential, even the expectation of failure. To me there is a hard-edge-ness to the idea of resolving something, a macho quality of gritting teeth, pushing through. Can you hold your resolve? What is your level of endurance? The implicit danger is that you may succumb, you may weaken - words sometimes pejoratively gendered female.

So what is the alternative? ... READ MORE

Our New Year News…..
Fund-Raising and the Future!


A huge thank you to all for your wonderful support during our crowdfunding campaign, for the donations, the spreading of the word and for the images and links you sent of your art to help our cause. We raised a fantastic £5674 and along with that we raised awareness, raised our profile, increased our reach and as a result 12 new Mothers Who Make hubs are now going to be set up round the country over the coming months – woohoo! If you missed all the excitement you can read all about it here, via the 17 blog posts I made during the campaign! You can also donate – it is not too late – by buying us the price of a cup of coffee or more HERE

Inspired by all your making work I am in the early stages of planning an online auction of artworks and services as a way both to raise further funds and to continue to build community and increase our visibility as artists. If you would be interested in taking part in such an event please get in touch with me at matilda@motherswhomake.org giving me an indication of what you might be able to offer up for auction: artwork; cds; dvds; books; hand crafted items; free places on an online course; practitioner treatments or any other item you feel would be appropriate. In exchange your work will be featured on our Mothers Who Make website, which we will be building over the next 6 months. 
New Meetings for the New Year
January sees the launch of THREE new groups:

North London at JW3 on Jan 12th at 10am facilitated by Zoe Gardner and Miki Shaw.
Please let Zoe know if you wish to attend: gardnerzoe@hotmail.com
More information HERE

Cambridge at The Whipple Museum
Tuesday Jan 16th 10am-12pm

And South London at Battersea Arts Centre 
Tuesday Jan 23rd 10.30-12pm
Tuesday Feb 27th 12-1.30pm
Tuesday March 27th 10.30-12pm
MWM MEETING IN CENTRAL LONDON
- a chance for all of us to come together from all hubs across the land, as part of Improbable’s D&D event…..
As has become a regular January ritual, I will be calling a meeting as a part of Improbable’s amazing Devoted and Disgruntled Open Space event on Saturday 20th at 2.30pm.  
The whole weekend is well worth attending (children welcome throughout) but if you can only come for the MWM meeting and cannot afford the D&D ticket price please let me know at matilda@motherswhomake.org
Regular Listings
Manchester:
Meetings are at HOME
Monday 22nd Jan
February: No session
Monday 5th March
Monday 30th April
Monday 21st May
 
10.30am - 12.30pm.

Bristol: 
Meetings are at Bristol Old Vic
Thursday 18th Jan.
10 - 11.30am

Newcastle:
Meetings are at Northern Stage
Wednesday 10th January
Wednesday 7th February
Wednesday 7th March
Wednesday 4th April
Wednesday 2nd May
10.30am-12pm 

Halifax:
Meetings are at Craft Locker
Friday 26th January, 10:30
Wednesday 21st February, 10am
Tuesday 20th March, 10am
Warm wishes
Matilda
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