Women's Work

The most money I have ever made was working for my mother. 

This was my first execution of my concept of a loom wall hanging. I can't believe looking at it now that I hand tooled those joints. I had to take care of a baby part way through and Nate finished them for me. Not much has changed there. 

This was my first execution of my concept of a loom wall hanging. I can't believe looking at it now that I hand tooled those joints. I had to take care of a baby part way through and Nate finished them for me. Not much has changed there. 

I have never made a dollar off of my Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry, although I was once hired by a church to do administrative work for 16 hours a week. 

First one I made at home, in our walk in pantry. The horizontal rope was there because I was just figuring out how I wanted to attach the fabric to the frame as I worked on this piece. The materials are all leftover from home decor projects. Friends who are artists themselves bought this piece. Their early encouragement was so affirming. 

First one I made at home, in our walk in pantry. The horizontal rope was there because I was just figuring out how I wanted to attach the fabric to the frame as I worked on this piece. The materials are all leftover from home decor projects. Friends who are artists themselves bought this piece. Their early encouragement was so affirming. 

After 3 years of that, I was laid off for the church to afford hiring my husband for a full-time position. That was my last paid job. 

My third piece. I fell hard for this one. Still love her. Those are my heart's colors. 

My third piece. I fell hard for this one. Still love her. Those are my heart's colors. 

Ministry and art aren't exactly lucrative career pursuits.  But as an uncredentialed artist in a medium that's considered craft or folk art simply because it's dominated by women, I feel set up to struggle through this topic, through bringing my whole self to every table I can sit at and still being utterly financially dependent on my husband, who has no more credentials than I.  I'm learning that all of these things can be gifts that will turn me into more of the badass I want to be.