Kristy & Sisko

Mother's Day Edition — People of Kuwaii

We celebrate motherhood and those who take on the role of a mother figure not just on Mother’s Day, but every day of the year. We are a team that support Mums, design for Mums, and a few of us are also Mums ourselves!
This year, our Designer & Director Kristy welcomed us into her home in Brunswick with her 2 year old daughter Sisko (and a special appearance from Wilma the shop cat!) for a very special photoshoot, and to talk about the journey of motherhood.


Shot by Agnieszka Chabros

 

 

What does motherhood mean to you?  

To me, above possibly all other things, motherhood means selflessness.
It means loving, nurturing and protecting something more fiercely than you ever thought you could.

 

 

What is the hardest thing about being a mum?

I cannot say mothering has been an easy journey for me. I have found it both terrifyingly amazing and dizzyingly difficult.  While I adore being a mum, and I adore Sisko, adjusting to the transformation from the old non-mother me, to new mother-me was something I found really difficult.  Becoming a mother for me meant truly redefining myself, and the challenge that came with that has been the hardest thing. Oh, and the sleeplessness!

What have you found most rewarding? 

 

Going through that transformation into new-motherhood and then looking back and feeling like I came out as a better person; someone with more love, more patience, more feeling and more empathy. Seeing the amazing little person that Sisko is becoming, her joy and wonder at the world, experiencing that wonder with her, those are the most rewarding things.

 

 

Seeing the amazing little person that Sisko is becoming, her joy and wonder at the world, experiencing that wonder with her, those are the most rewarding things. 

Favourite memory of Sisko?

That’s so hard to choose! I think taking Sisko travelling with us – on all our trips big and small – seeing her lust for life and love for travelling and new experiences.

Seeing her smile and hearing her laugh for the first time, watching her take her first steps to me, arms outstretched.

What has being a mum taught you about yourself?

It has taught me that women’s journeys and motherhood are vastly under-appreciated – and that I was guilty of under-appreciating the amazing role of a mother. It taught me that I had a lot more learning to do, and a lot more to uncover about myself.

It also taught me that I had a whole range of more depth of emotion and feeling to experience. Becoming a mother has definitely made me a better person.