53: “Whatever it is, you’re not the only one.” (ft. Janine Kwoh)
Join guest Janine Kwoh for a discussion about making love by being awkward, and moving toward belonging. Janine is the owner and artist behind Kwohtations, a Brooklyn, NY-based line of letterpress printed greeting cards and other gift items that celebrate a diversity of identities and life experiences, and always with a bit of humor.
In this episode you’ll hear us discuss:
- What it means to each of us to identify as awkward;
- What being awkward has to do with love and justice;
- Topics that are really awkward and hard for more folks to talk about and why we fear those conversations;
- The core needs of permission and belonging at the heart of awkward.
Welcome to a conversation about making love by embracing awkward.
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Janine Kwoh is the owner and artist behind Kwohtations, a Brooklyn, NY-based line of letterpress printed greeting cards and other gift items that celebrate a diversity of identities and life experiences, and always with a bit of humor.
Kwohtations products address the real life ups and downs that make the journey both so hard and so delightful. They are for those of us who feel alone or “other” in some way, whether it’s because of some aspect of our identity (e.g. race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation) or our lived experiences (e.g. grieving, navigating everyday anxiety and life milestones, re-defining success and family for ourselves). Kwohtations is proudly a one-woman show – Janine letterpress prints each card on an antique printing press, and then paints in any colors by hand, so each one is truly handmade and one-of-a-kind.
ART THAT REPRESENTS JANINE
“My friend Shoshana painted this and sent it to me in a care package earlier this summer – the small, caring gesture sums up for me so much of what love is, and the message encapsulates a lot of what I’m feeling / aiming for these days.”