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On Mothering

With writing from 20 contributors, Illustrated by Wenting Li.

In this 94-page collection of honest stories and full-colour visual art, 22 contributors tackle their feelings about the most universal of human experiences: the balancing act of caring for someone else without losing yourself in the process.

The term “mother” conjures different associations depending on our own personal experiences, our cultures, and our desires. We need to consider what care means in our communities, and the value that we ascribe to it.

The stories in this collection are for and by mothers, future mothers, but also atypical caregivers like doulas and pet moms. It is for anyone who has ever had a mother; for parents who have birthed or raised children; for anyone who has ever questioned their relationship to care, emotional labour, or sacrifice in the name of love.

 
 

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Our Stories

The Rash

Written by Nada Alic,
Illustration by Paige Vickers

A story about being believed.

Za’faran

Written by Melina Mehr,
Illustration by Rozalina Burkova

A story about where you come from.

Camouflages

Written by Kate Barss,
Illustration by Sophia Foster-Dimino

A story about hiding out.