In partnership with Carriage House Birth and the Empowered Birth Project, Toronto intimates company Knix is revealing a new project that brings light to women’s birth and postpartum journey.
Opening in Toronto on Wednesday, the Life After Birth Project is a travelling gallery highlighting women’s stories that honour their transformative birthing experiences. Featuring work from lifestyle photographer Genevieve Charbonneau, the exhibit features stories from 250 women who boldly shared their stories after giving birth, including celebrities Amy Schumer, Jemima Kirke, Jillian Harris and Ricki Lake, as well as the CEO of Knix, Joanna Griffiths.
Knix CEO, Joanna Griffiths, posing with photography from Genevieve Charbonneau
The gallery focuses on rare-sighted depictions of postpartum bodies – with mothers caring for their babies or posing alone, showing their stretch marks, scars, or loose skin. In an interview with Refinery29, Joanna a new message for moms: “You are perfect as you, you are supported, and you are seen.”
The launch of the Life After Birth project tour arrived in tandem with the release of Knix’s Leakproof Nursing Bra and maternity collection. The gallery will be open to the Toronto public at 630 Queen St West from September 18th to the 25th.
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We’re almost out of the woods now, but January-February… heck, winter in Toronto this past season was a blur of frozen tears and and whiplash from icy streets. In the last couple of years we did hats and bags with bits of our logo, but this time we went the whole hog! See below for our heathery grey unisex hooded sweatshirt, screenprinted with lines that were an abstract of our “FUZE” logo font (which was also present in our black baseball caps from last year). It’s also lined in a soft fuzzy fleece, designed to keep you cozy whether it’s subzero from the weather or from that broken air-conditioning unit.
Although we designed them for ourselves, the response was so overwhelming we expanded production! We decided to give them as a token of thank you to the community that has supported our talented photographers and hard working producers in the past year. Here’s a tiny sample of the incredible partners who have collaborated with us, celebrated with us, and definitely shed a few tears in getting out memorable campaigns in the past year.
From all of us at FUZE, here’s to wishing you a warm and plentiful holiday season! This year, in lieu of gifts we have donated to The Stop Community Food Centre. Stop motion directed in-house, created by Krug Studios
We will be closed from Saturday 23rd December 2017 to 7th January 2018. See you in the new year!
A month ago, Sandy Nicholson harvested his first batch of honey. The professional photographer had started his journey early this year, building his aviary on a Toronto city rooftop and creating a hub for 100,000 bees.
With his penchant for connecting with people, it was no surprise to us that he collaborated with neighbourhood nano brewery LayLow, to create a special edition honey amber ale with part of his first batch. This labour of love, named “Mariah” after the 90s diva Mariah Carey with her “Honey” hit classic, was celebrated with a 2 week pop-up exhibit of the urban bee keeping and brewing process.
We asked Sandy a couple of questions below; and for more on the bee-keeping process see Sandy’s Bee Gallery.
Q: How would someone describe your “Honey” beer profile?
A: It’s an Honey Amber Ale (not enough bitterness to be considered an IPA, as I didn’t want the hops to distract from the character of the honey). There isn’t really a name for the style (technically it’s a Specialty Ale), but I would not say IPA.
Q: We’re curious – how many bees produced 1kg of honey? For this one keg?
A: Lots! I stoped counting them at 1000… there are between 10,000 to 60,000 honey bees in the hive. In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited. A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year. An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
Q: Surprising things you learned as an urban beekeeper?
A: Bee keeping is an amazing way to meditate while moving. You have to focus really focus or you will get stung. The bees learn to reconize you and stay calm if you do. People who are afraid of the bees get stung by the bees. So its a Zen thing. The hive is warm inside and when you put your hands in it like reaching inside a living animal.
Q: What happens after your harvest?
A: Winter is coming! We are tucking them into a bee cosy for a long rest until Spring, then we will be back at it.
Nothing sets the feel of a good shoot- heck, even just to start the day – than a good tune or two. In no order and running the gamut of genres (we’re only missing EDM), here are some of our favourite tunes #summer2017 getting us through this crazy weather. What are you listening to? Let us know in the comments below!