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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A word about our fabulous logo, designed by Ben O'Brien.

About a month or so ago when I was thinking about launching this project, I came across a beautiful image of a rooster and a hen by an illustrator called Ben O'Brien. I was completely drawn to the image - the emerald & blue hues, the heroic composition, the birds nestled together yet looking up and out at the world. It was such a striking and perfect image that I decided to contact Ben & see if we could use his artwork as the logo for Mother Hen. He wrote back instantly and not only said that, "it would be an absolute pleasure to be involved - count me in!" but also offered to redesign the image to include a hen and chick - and offered to donate a 'set of three' prints. Ben is a is an incredibly talented commercial illustrator/designer who is based in Cornwall, UK. His artwork is stunning - his sense of colour and composition is delicious and he is obviously reaping the rewards of his hard work and talents - judging by the list of eminent clients on his website. I am thrilled that he is able and willing to share his work with us. If you want to check out more of Ben's work - you can find it here and here. Ben also mentioned that he has been recently collaborating on an animated music video for a Canadian artist who goes by the name 'The Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra' and features a narration by Isabella Rossellini. You can check out the video here.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Welcome to The Mother Hen Project

I spent the whole day yesterday (US Mother Day) thinking about what I wanted to say to launch The Mother Hen Project and this morning I stumbled upon a quote by the artist Louise Nevelson which just seemed to sum it up perfectly,
Life isn't one straight line. Most of us have to be transplanted, like a tree, before we blossom.
It's a quote which describes beautifully the work of Inez Whitlow who is the catalyst for this project and the 'master gardener' at Chicks In Crisis. She is one of those unsung heroines who has devoted herself to being the change we would all like to see in this world. Inez is a champion, a supporter, a defender, a campaigner, a mother, sister, friend, and teacher to everyone she meets . But most importantly, Inez is a woman who is helping other women to navigate the curves and bends in their lives and find fertile soil so that they may blossom. Sometimes that may mean facilitating the placement of a baby in an open adoption or it may mean helping over 250 teens/women per month who are choosing to be parents and need guidance.

It wasn't until after I had written this post that I realized that Chicks In Crisis logo is a blossoming woman: