To follow our day of love and affection, passion and red gestures, I am launching Red and Wet.
In friendship and solidarity, I invite us women to share with each other and hold each other up on Women’s Day 2018. That celebration is coming up on March 8th! So between Valentine’s Day and Women’s Day, I am inviting us to be part of a huge exchange, love offering, greeting! We are also celebrating our Emergence!! Red and Wet will manifest as prints that we will gift each other in solidarity and support.
The prints were painted by me in 2016 while processing my fertility and my life, particularly as a woman at a time when I was resurfacing from the hardest and also the most gift giving years of my life. Five+ years is a long time and for me it was a crazy fall. A reboot because that’s what I had been asking for and it came in a way that made it’s way noticed for sure! How else would one take the plunge and swim in mad waters onto a brand new shore!? I was dying and yet I was being born. I think my story is the same or similar to so many of each of our stories collectively. It is also the story we women, as a group, are experiencing together at this moment in time.
We are emerging anew with a force that is uniquely ours and with the brilliance that we have always possessed! It’s happening! We are on it!
A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon a story that happened recently at an airport. You might have seen it too! A group of woman who didn’t know each other intuitively and fluidly created a protective and calming circle for a young pregnant mother and her out of control toddler during his massive tantrum and her own breakdown. One of the women, Beth, shared about their silent act on facebook concluding: “It was so gorgeous, there was no discussion and no one knew anyone else, but we were able to calm them both down, and she got her child on the plane. Only women approached. After they went through the door we all went back to our separate seats and didn’t talk about it… we were strangers, gathering to solve something. It occurred to me that a circle of women, with a mission, can save the world. I will never forget that moment.”
This wisdom and intuitive knowledge is something that I have experienced in several occasions with groups of women in my various communities. Yes! how wonderful and powerful we would be in a huge group of solidarity!
Time to celebrate! So on our day this is what I propose! I’m putting these Red and Wet images out there, first time out in the light, with an idea of a collective rebirth for all of us together during this transformative moment. It has been a long process for us and right now we are at the cusp of emerging anew and yet emerging in our own unique ever present qualities which have in the past so often been overlooked, underused!
Through our exchange in solidarity, we will create a much larger gift of connection, a quilt of images – our collective strength, bond, wisdom! Our emergence!!
WHY RED? WHY WET?
Red for love, urgency, warmth, fire, passion! Red for fertile, blood, womb, life! Red for anger, action, drive! Red for STOP, Red for Fire! Red for flow, sacred, courage! Red for warning! Red for Unity!!
Wet because Red is fresh and alive! being born!
* feel free to add to this list of red and wet words (message me here) and/or let’s keep some of them in our collective imagination.
The drawings/paintings are red and were done with water colors.
RED AND WET PRINTS
In postcard size and sets of four, they come printed on high quality matte paper and signed by me. In an envelope or as postcards, send them to your friends, loved ones, healing ones, ones you admire, ones you want to know, ones you respect, ones you want to lift up, touch, reach out to. Send them! Receive them! Frame them!! Send them! Receive them! Frame them! Let the cycle of connection flow as it will flow…
I invite us to take selfies with the Red and Wet images before sending them and upon receiving them. Let’s tag them on social media as # R e d A n d W e t O u r E m e r g e n c e . Let’s specify which city we are sharing from. And let’s caption each image with a snippet of each of our stories, inspiration or wisdom to share, or how you want or need to be supported. Red And Wet may serve as a starting point for what we each add to our collective Rite of Passage!
Womb – selections: top row / middle row / bottom row
Flow – selections: top row / bottom row
Cycles – selections: top row / middle row / bottom row
Life – selections: top row / middle row / bottom row
HOW TO GET RED AND WET?
Here is what we are doing: To meet the Women’s Day deadline, the love and solidarity prints must be ordered by February 22nd! This is fast but all we have to do is make our choice and get this rolling. For this celebration, I am making this accessible to everyone at a modest price of $39 for each set of four (that is $9.75 per print). This will cover my costs including shipping and taxes within continental USA. If you want to contribute for those who want to participate but can’t afford it, that is possible too and thank you so much for helping make this collaborative celebration even more accessible!! The link for ordering and for contributions is here. If you want to participate but can’t afford it, message me.
Ladies, we are making a huge dispersed yet cohesive and unified quilt of red painting/love greeting together! As this gets big, it will not only be beautiful and all shades of beautiful hot red! you will also assist me in making BeAutism a reality! That project emerged through my motherhood. It was a gift to me from my daughter. And manifesting it, will be our gift to society! These efforts that are in my heart and in my sketchbook is also how I am personally getting back on my feet. This project is part of my own personal emergence from my recent amazing fall and reboot. Check out BeAutism! You or someone you know might just have to be a part of it.
Red and Wet! we are going to let you flow as you want to flow. If you are feeling the connection to this effort, share about it with others: those that will want to be a part of this, those you care about, those that you think might be lifted by this. Share! If the flow gets huge, I want to dedicate a percentage of the sharing to an organization that supports women. Please let me know which are your favorite organizations, local, national and international that support women (message me here).
What if I can’t afford the prints but want to be a part of this?
What if I can only afford one print?
It’s too costly to print just one print as I have to pay the minimum amount of paper regardless of the size of the print. I think it will be beautiful if you join forces with a friend or friends and order a set of four together.
Can I contribute for the ones who can’t afford this?
Yes. You may contribute any amount. Thank you! Send your contribution here.
Can I send more than four cards?
Yes. They are sold in sets of four but multiple sets can be purchased.
Is it possible for me to pay extra to help others participate and/or to contribute towards BeAutism?
When you go to check out, there are two options. Use the donate button to contribute any additional amount. Thank you!
I am ready to get this process flowing. Where do I go to order my prints?
What if I am outside of continental USA. How much is the shipping of the prints to me?
If you are outside of the US, I will contact you with an additional amount as per the post office for the shipping of the prints to you. I will send the prints once I receive the shipping payment.
What if I can’t meet the deadline of March 8th?
No worries! This is merely a start of our celebration. We will keep this flowing as needed. You can order you choice of prints here at anytime and join the flow of Red and Wet support and solidarity.
Is this about mothering? I am a women but not a mother
I am, of course hypothesizing questions that might come up. Our gathering of support is to all women who want to participate whether you are a “mother” or not. It is meant to be expansive and bring us together regardless of our particular womanhood and wherever we are in our cycles of life as a woman in transformation! As a solidarity activity it is meant to include all women as uniquely as we each are.
ABOUT ME AND OTHER GAMES OF CONNECTION
Thank you for reading through this and checking this idea out! Let’s play!! Let’s start a group of inspired women who want to celebrate our brilliance and manifest our emergence!
To learn more about me, I invite you to visit my artist statement and glimpse a little of that through WNC Women! Living Section Retrospective Of My Fertility
If you’re intrigued with what I am proposing, you might be interested in one of my blog posts that might give you more insight into my body of “play” > Game-on! Let’s play!
Other previous huge collaborations not mentioned in that blog post but that are in the spirit of what I am proposing are here: Dispersed Memorial / PROXY_Florence / Flag of US Feel free to browse and explore!
Photo of me by Jesse Kitt Photography, one of those wise, intuitive, inspirational, collaborative and supportive women in my life!