MakE Yourself Visible

Where are all the images of us? 

At the start of the summer we set you a challenge - to send us an image that captures your mothering and your making. We have received a gorgeous array of selfies, snapshots and even a self portrait. Ever image tells a story.

We also asked photographer Viola Depcik (Mothers Who Make South Devon) to photograph four local mother makers. Viola visited Jude Richards (Dance Practitioner), Jess Geach (Ruby Cubes), Sophie Lovett (Blogger) and Rachel Meadowns (Visual Artist).

We’ve started a gallery to celebrate making yourself visible and you will find many being used in the coming months on the website. Thank you to everyone who sent us an image. This is a growing archive for you to add your story to, so send us a picture when the moment is right.

 Rachel Meadows and her son. Image: Viola Depcik

Rachel Meadows and her son. Image: Viola Depcik

add your image

Do you have an image of yourself engaged in your creative practice with your child(ren) present? They may be inside, beside you, helping, hindering, playing, running away, watching, being bored, ignoring you, laughing, crying, sleeping. Or could you create one?  You can take a photo, draw a picture, make a sculpture - whatever best represents you in your dual roles. 

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Please credit yourself, your children, your making, the photographer. Please state that you give consent for us to use this image on our website, social media and marketing materials.

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Your Gallery

 Sophie Lovett and baby. Image: Viola Depcik

Sophie Lovett and baby. Image: Viola Depcik

 Catherine Kontz and Edgar. “Selfie whilst composing for Orchestra with son sleeping on me.”

Catherine Kontz and Edgar. “Selfie whilst composing for Orchestra with son sleeping on me.”

 Producing Mothers Who Make from ‘the office’. Lizzy Humber with daughter.

Producing Mothers Who Make from ‘the office’. Lizzy Humber with daughter.

 Katie Villa with Henry Ray Villa-Jone Directing 'Ernie and the Sea of Ice' with Quirk Theatre. Image: taken by Chris Jones. “I wrote & directed the show whilst breastfeeding- my partner brought the baby into rehearsals every day for me to feed and spend time with Henry whilst working. Quirk Theatre have always embraced having me as a mother in the rehearsal room.”

Katie Villa with Henry Ray Villa-Jone Directing 'Ernie and the Sea of Ice' with Quirk Theatre. Image: taken by Chris Jones. “I wrote & directed the show whilst breastfeeding- my partner brought the baby into rehearsals every day for me to feed and spend time with Henry whilst working. Quirk Theatre have always embraced having me as a mother in the rehearsal room.”

 Estelle Buckridge with Joseph - Selfie with the little feminist enjoying his first 'Women of the World Festival' meeting

Estelle Buckridge with Joseph - Selfie with the little feminist enjoying his first 'Women of the World Festival' meeting

 Nicky Diss, Director and Producer - Much Ado About Nothing for Open Bar Theatre with Luke (22 months) and Robyn (2 weeks!)

Nicky Diss, Director and Producer - Much Ado About Nothing for Open Bar Theatre with Luke (22 months) and Robyn (2 weeks!)

 Matilda Leyser and Riddley do yoga. Image: Lisa Heft

Matilda Leyser and Riddley do yoga. Image: Lisa Heft

 Lizzy Humber and Willow selfie at a costume fitting

Lizzy Humber and Willow selfie at a costume fitting

 Stephanie Morgan, acting coach, director, mother.

Stephanie Morgan, acting coach, director, mother.

 Children’s author  Corrinne Averiss  writing in bed whilst has daughter Wren naps. “Strangely I had more time, calm and focus in those early months - I guess she slept more. Now she's 2, the single daily nap is eaten up with chores and emails, I rarely feel like being creative against the clock - it's too short a window of time. So this is a nice memory for me.”

Children’s author Corrinne Averiss writing in bed whilst has daughter Wren naps. “Strangely I had more time, calm and focus in those early months - I guess she slept more. Now she's 2, the single daily nap is eaten up with chores and emails, I rarely feel like being creative against the clock - it's too short a window of time. So this is a nice memory for me.”

 Jenny Cahill & Torben - Flower making workshop

Jenny Cahill & Torben - Flower making workshop

 Jackie Koury performing with Houses in Motion. Daughter Isabella is dancing. Image: Kimon Theodossis

Jackie Koury performing with Houses in Motion. Daughter Isabella is dancing. Image: Kimon Theodossis

 Erika Sanderson and Aiden. “On Skype call, back from the theatre playing the Blue Fairy in panto during the big snow - Grandad had got snowed in so took both children with me. The theatre staff were amazing, one entertained Aidan while I was onstage and my elder daughter was in the audience.”

Erika Sanderson and Aiden. “On Skype call, back from the theatre playing the Blue Fairy in panto during the big snow - Grandad had got snowed in so took both children with me. The theatre staff were amazing, one entertained Aidan while I was onstage and my elder daughter was in the audience.”

 Lise and daughter Scarlett. “This fun image was used as a publicity image for my touring dance solo Baby Plus Two, made with Bricolage Dance UK, of which i'm a co-director.” Image: Chantal Guevara

Lise and daughter Scarlett. “This fun image was used as a publicity image for my touring dance solo Baby Plus Two, made with Bricolage Dance UK, of which i'm a co-director.” Image: Chantal Guevara

 Estelle Buckridge with Joseph running mums choir

Estelle Buckridge with Joseph running mums choir

 Gill Simmons learning lines with daughter Meg asleep on her lap. The piece is Wonderland “a new storytelling show aimed at Intergenerational audiences”.

Gill Simmons learning lines with daughter Meg asleep on her lap. The piece is Wonderland “a new storytelling show aimed at Intergenerational audiences”.

 Jenny Cahill and Torben backstage at Desperate Artwives event.  Watch Jenny perform

Jenny Cahill and Torben backstage at Desperate Artwives event. Watch Jenny perform

 Hannah Mulder, Director of The Wrong Crowd’s Swan Hunter whilst pregnant

Hannah Mulder, Director of The Wrong Crowd’s Swan Hunter whilst pregnant

 Actress Jimena Larraguivel with son Luken Brown. “He’s become my number one assistant/supporter whenever I have an audition; he knows what step goes next in the whole ‘getting ready’ ordeal. Here he’s helping me put on my make up. We are always together and working together but sadly we don’t have many more photos of that. In fact, this photo is a selfie I took a few days ago when I had a casting. A couple of years ago when I had to learn this Shakespearean Sonnet in Spanish for a job and I was stressing out about learning it with my then poorly and clingy baby. Then suddenly I had an idea, took my iPhone and started to film bits of my day and somehow the Sonnet worked perfect with the images and that really motivated me to learn it. I know you’re only looking for photos but I thought I’d share anyway.” Watch it  here .

Actress Jimena Larraguivel with son Luken Brown. “He’s become my number one assistant/supporter whenever I have an audition; he knows what step goes next in the whole ‘getting ready’ ordeal. Here he’s helping me put on my make up. We are always together and working together but sadly we don’t have many more photos of that. In fact, this photo is a selfie I took a few days ago when I had a casting. A couple of years ago when I had to learn this Shakespearean Sonnet in Spanish for a job and I was stressing out about learning it with my then poorly and clingy baby. Then suddenly I had an idea, took my iPhone and started to film bits of my day and somehow the Sonnet worked perfect with the images and that really motivated me to learn it. I know you’re only looking for photos but I thought I’d share anyway.” Watch it here.

 Bethany Hannigan and Meredith-teaching Mums Choir

Bethany Hannigan and Meredith-teaching Mums Choir

 Jenny Cahill performs whilst pregnant. Image: Sally Landberger

Jenny Cahill performs whilst pregnant. Image: Sally Landberger

 Sarah Shephard and Luna.  Filskit Theatre  in rehearsals at Ovalhouse after a performance of 'Breaking the Ice'.

Sarah Shephard and Luna. Filskit Theatre in rehearsals at Ovalhouse after a performance of 'Breaking the Ice'.

 Image: Lisa Heft

Image: Lisa Heft

  Julia Labutina  ana daughter. Sand artist.

Julia Labutina ana daughter. Sand artist.

 Vanio Papadelli & Tania Batzoglou with baby Ionas. Image: Yiannis Katsaris performing. “ CANDID  is a project, a life-long ritual, that I've conceived together with my collaborator Tania Batzoglou meant to be repeated in different formats and spaces at least once a year for as long as we live reflecting on how our friendship shifts over time. In last year's performance, Ionas was onstage as his arrival transformed our relationship drastically.”

Vanio Papadelli & Tania Batzoglou with baby Ionas. Image: Yiannis Katsaris performing. “CANDID is a project, a life-long ritual, that I've conceived together with my collaborator Tania Batzoglou meant to be repeated in different formats and spaces at least once a year for as long as we live reflecting on how our friendship shifts over time. In last year's performance, Ionas was onstage as his arrival transformed our relationship drastically.”

  Liz Richardson  “I have no photos of me making whilst with Eve, but here we are having a moment when she was feeling a little insecure about the world.”

Liz Richardson “I have no photos of me making whilst with Eve, but here we are having a moment when she was feeling a little insecure about the world.”

 Zoe Gardner and Claudette- breastfeeding in the dark. “This is how nearly all the poems in my mother record book were written, in my head and in scrawls which I transcribed in the morning”. Image: Mother Record Book

Zoe Gardner and Claudette- breastfeeding in the dark. “This is how nearly all the poems in my mother record book were written, in my head and in scrawls which I transcribed in the morning”. Image: Mother Record Book

 Jude Jagger with Ramona “We’re are off to make some music, she comes along to band practices, theatre rehearsals, site visits and production meetings with me.”

Jude Jagger with Ramona “We’re are off to make some music, she comes along to band practices, theatre rehearsals, site visits and production meetings with me.”

 Anna Woolf, PhD candidate at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Writing part of my arts in health practice based theatre PhD whilst my daughter draws next to me.

Anna Woolf, PhD candidate at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Writing part of my arts in health practice based theatre PhD whilst my daughter draws next to me.

 Racheal Spence rehearsing Still No Idea on Bank Holiday with her 3 children.

Racheal Spence rehearsing Still No Idea on Bank Holiday with her 3 children.

 Liz Allum (MWM Reading) “I only have photo of me working with my son. Just one! There are hundreds of him with other people. This gallery is so important.”

Liz Allum (MWM Reading) “I only have photo of me working with my son. Just one! There are hundreds of him with other people. This gallery is so important.”

 Jess Geach with daughter - sewing. Image: Viola Depcik

Jess Geach with daughter - sewing. Image: Viola Depcik