Curation: Sisterhood in Maternity
In a new Instagram series, we invite creators and curators to take over our timeline for a week at a time to share what they’ve been working on, and/or to curate the work that speaks to them most right now. First up: Ashley Johnson, a.k.a. @hiaj, our Muse who shares a bit on Sisterhood in Maternity. Check out her work in our timeline, view her curation tips and hear a bit more on the theme from Ashley, below.
Hey CRWN Family! During each of my takeovers we talk about all the things I’ve been working on. In recent months I’ve been cranking out Maternity sessions that double both as a pregnancy announcement and an exploration on femininity, the ways in which maternity can also look like sisterhood and beyond. So far in this series I’ve shot two mothers, and during my last takeover we talked all about it.
On my personal blog I wrote:
“A few weeks ago while in New York I was being interviewed by Madia Hill Scott for CRWN Magazine. The sun was gone, my feet were tired, and through the dizzying sounds of Afropunk she asked, “what does sisterhood mean to you?”
After a few sentences I made my way to the word “maternity.” And immediately recalled memories of caring for others as a sister and being cared for by a sister.
Maternal is defined as, “relating to a mother, especially during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth; denoting feelings associated with or typical of a mother; motherly.”
There are so many rivers that can flow into maternity. Interchangeable are the words friend and sister, friend and mother, mother and sister; To be a sister is to be a friend to an exponent—and vice versa. And within that exponent is the infinite. I have stood in the gap for my own mother to care for younger sisters both by blood or by journey. I have been cared for in maternal ways by my older sister. I love my friends as a mother; to be a woman is oftentimes an instinctual need to rescue, protect and guide to safety—a responsibility to see love through which is a sometimes weary yet satisfying service.” - You can read the rest here, but in the meantime, enjoy the gallery!