This is a mixed media image I created with subject Stasha Washburn the founder of the Period Coach. I had a vision to create this after learning about a the Period Goddess temple in India. Ironically, the temple excludes women who are on their cycle. It is my belief that we are in an incredible time to make a difference for women and girls.
Part of my work here is to liberate and uplift women, therefore I have created the Lady Art Collective - an art collective which creates space for and about women. I select themes that are about female folklore and invite other women to share their visions.
Upon creation of this pieces ‘Period Goddess’ was to create beauty, inspiration and pride among women who are on their cycle verses shame and fear.
The art work was accomplished by composited photographs I had captured, stock images and digital drawings onto the composited images. Stasha is holding several items such as a teapot (herbal for comfort, herbal tea like kava kava, ginger, turmeric, herbs that promote blood circulation), Middle Left holding Period Panties (vs a pad or tampon that generates more trash), Bottom Left (Mountain Herbs to make tea), Top Right (The Period Coach Book - Stasha’s own period tracking manual - education), Middle Right - (Diva Cup, device to insert), Bottom Right - (Hibiscus - dried tea promotes blood circulation).
The moon resembles the period tracking - 28 days, as referenced by the book. Ginger and chamomile flowers represent different herbs to make as tea or to intake. The mountain represents though there are many struggles for women, you are not alone and there are many paths and blessings in being female, and refuges to go to… you are not alone on this journey.
For more education on periods and period tracking visit www.ThePeriodCoach.com