Monday, August 18, 2008

it does take a village





An ages-old African sentiment that has become increasingly clear in my little world, especially within my framework of strong and creative women. The past several weeks I've noticed a a slight groan or breath across the globe from many of the women I've connected with both personally and digitally. Perhaps its seasonal, perhaps its the state of humanity, perhaps its a simple awareness of the day-to-day but its grown apparent to me, this ebb and flow, and for this I am grateful. I've also noticed a pacing of sorts, a pause and need to slow and purge. Its refreshing really to see this collective breath. Many of us are moms, many are creatives, many are purely driven women but there seems to be a common thread, I can't quite put my finger on.

I've just come from acupuncture and am feeling sleepy, although the purpose today was to boost energy due to a determined toddler defying my shut-eye. Those little needles make me squirm but I'm all for reaching into an holistic approach toward wellness and am intrigued by the cross-cultural. Another kind of therapy found at a wine bar this weekend with said group of women above. Our conversation, poignant, humorous and delirious, captured the essence of the 'village' concept. I do believe we feed eachother and thereby we nurture eachothers' children. We sustain one another directly or more often by mere presence and these roots grow a community at home and at large.

A thank you to this collective, finding our way in our own way. I've designed a subtle correspondence in honor of this ubiquitous effort. Hand-pressed on heavy cottony stock, simple notions that celebrate. (online shop soon)

11 comments:

Mrs.French said...

sisterhood...nothing finer.

comfies said...

i relate to what you say here so whole-heartedly, tyler! especially love how you describe your conversation as "poignant, humorous and delirious."

Cicada Studio said...

We rock!

Alison said...

Being one of the women who has groaned recently, I have also noticed it. There is always a sense of stagnation before a surge, and I find with children the even-ness and balance of energy and enthusiasm is chaotic even at the best of times. Our time is staggered, and we treat our use of energy the same way.

I also see an acupuncturist - for addressing the balance, and finding an even tone.

K said...

I just found your blog this morning & it put a smile on my face. Thank you.

My husband & I just moved to St. Louis from NYC almost a month ago. I've been looking around for STL bloggers, but have only really found angry ones. Thank you for radiating a little sunshine!

~Kim

pve design said...

attitude..gratitude and the world is all the better.
simply beautiful post and stunning paper.

raining sheep said...

Ah, such beautiful photos...I feel more serene already. The on-line world is a village, what a great observation. Acupuncture is great...after the fact :)

Secret Leaves said...

Such beautiful work, Tyler.

tiel said...

such a beautiful post. thank you for sharing. I wish I had been there at that wine bar with you.

PS. I didn't realise you were from St Louis. I stayed there when I was little for several weeks, have some fun memories.

Patricia said...

Your work is gorgeous! And this post seems so relevant to me right now. Thanks for sharing!

Patricia said...

Your work is gorgeous! And this post seems so relevant to me right now. Thanks for sharing!