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Mothers Who Make - Domestic Work / Emotional Labour
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Dear Making Mothers,

Firstly, as you can see, thanks to some support from Improbable things are getting a slightly funkier look. Until we have our own website all MWM info will be available on the Improbable website.
 
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
DOMESTIC WORK/ EMOTIONAL LABOUR

A huge amount of my time is spent neither mothering nor making but with looking after the details of our daily lives, the ‘admin’ of having a household. Some of this is business-like but underneath the business are questions of care. There are all kinds of care beyond childcare - how does the laundry happen? The cooking? The shopping? The remembering that we have run out of tea bags, or that it is rubbish day and the bins need putting out?

There is the care over finances too, not only the earning of the money but the decisions on how it is spent. There is the care over the calendar, over deciding if a holiday is going to happen, making it happen, remembering birthdays, planning the celebrations. There is the care over what lives where within the house - where do we keep the sink plunger, the kitchen roll, the pieces of paper that we must not lose? The list goes on - a thousand little, vital things that I never said I would look after, nor did my husband, but someone needs to do it: Who? How? When?! There are some roles that, in our household anyway, neither of us immediately identify as ours - the role of home manager, general 'looker-afterer'.

Often, though not always, it is the mother that takes this role on, alongside her explicitly motherly work of birthing and breastfeeding. So here is the question: within your household what is your system? Do you even have a system? Did you agree on it, or did it emerge? Does it serve you well? Does it support up to do your mothering and your making, or do you end up resenting the other kinds of caring that you do?

 
This question was inspired by a great thread on our FACEBOOK page started by Rachael Spence 

Check it out or come to our next London meeting to share your answers.
Next meetings ... 
LONDON

Wednesday April 26th 10.30am-12pm, 
The South Bank Centre
Violet Room within The Royal Festival Hall building.  
 
Enter via the Clore Ballroom level and then head down the stairs one level and follow the signs. 

Every kind of maker welcome, professional and/or passionate, and every kind of mother. Please also feel free to bring along your children of any age, whether they are inside you, beside you or running round the room. Mothers of older children are also extremely welcome. Bring toys or whatever creative materials would make you and/ or your child feel most welcome.

£5 or £3 concessions requested.
It’s always useful to get a sense of numbers beforehand so please let me know if you intend to come. 

Future London dates:
May 23rd and June 27th


 
MANCHESTER: Meetings are at HOME
 24th April, 22nd May 


HALIFAX: Meetings are at CROFT
26th April, 25th May, 23rd June. 10am-12pm


THANET:  Meetings are at TURNER CONTEMPORARY
8th April 11am., 5th May 10.30am, 10th June 2pm.


NEWCASTLE: Meetings are at NORTHERN STAGE
6th April, 3rd May, 7th June. 10.30am-12pm 


Also news of a new 
Bristol group coming soon!
I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it to South Bank on April 26th.

Warm spring wishes,
Matilda 
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