Firstly, it needs to be said that Mothers Who Make do not make things in the sessions, it is not a crafting thing. Instead ‘make’ refers to what the women involved do in their daily lives. Whether artists, actors, photographers, musicians, poets, burlesque dancers or craft makers, Mothers who Make is a space for women in creative disciplines – both professional and non-professional – to meet and discuss the challenges of making things while being a mum.
Each month between fifteen and thirty five women get together at HOME, the place of residence for the Manchester hub. Some bring their small children some have kids that are grown up and far away or some attend on their own and take the opportunity for some time out. Mothers who Make started in London at Battersea arts centre. In 2016, the group at HOME was started, it has been one of the most successful hubs outside of London. There are Hubs throughout the country based in a multitude of arts organisations.
The sessions are guided by a leader who will encourage discussion in small groups and ask questions to fuel the conversation, it gives women space to talk openly. It doesn’t matter what age your children are, there are even a couple of Grandmothers who Make in the Manchester hub. The aim is to create a community of women who can be each other’s cheerleaders while facing familiar issues. It’s a place where mothers are cheered on and supported whether it’s for the things they’re making or kids they’re raising.
The group meets on a monthly basis. Be sure to check the HOME website for dates.