July 28, 2021

After the pandemic, who will clap for us on Monday morning?

Lauren McLaughlin

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Handmade Paper and TextMaking Something from Nothing, 2021

Making Something from Nothing: A white paper for a post-pandemic society that cares for single mothers. This ‘white paper’ is made from the invisible labour of eight single mothers living in Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife. The physical ingredients the paper is made from, include onion peels, hoover dust, house plant leaves, children’s homework, hair, and shopping receipts. The emotional ingredients include worry, uncertainty, invisibility, courage, creativity and love. Our mothering work is work. After the pandemic, who will clap for us on Monday morning? This white paper calls for a post-pandemic society where single mothers are visible, valued and cared for. It is the blank page for a future manifesto be written upon. It is the starting point for us to ask; how do we create a post-pandemic society that cares for single mothers?