Today we’d like to introduce you to Kierra Butcher.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kierra. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My journey to motherhood came with more challenges than I expected. I ended up having five miscarriages in total while having my three daughters in between some of them. About a year after my fifth miscarriage, I realized that I still had a lot of trauma and pain that I was holding onto. I was encouraged to journal my feelings but when I sat down to write, I started to draw instead. And I found a lot of healing in using art as my outlet.
I started posting my art on Instagram and very quickly, I was getting messages from people who really said my work really resonated with them and asked me to make them their own portrait as well. My little therapy project has become a business I’m passionate about and I’ve been able to create a little community on social media of other mom’s that are going through what I have; and there I’m showing up for them and trying to provide support, comfort, and hope for them during a time that can feel really lonely. Several times a day, I get messages from women who are hurting and being able to connect with them and help even if just in some small way really means the world to me.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Before I started my business, we were at a really low point in every way possible. After the birth of our 3rd daughter, we quickly learned that she suffered from severe colic- unending crying all day with no reason or cure. It was emotionally and mentally taxing and I suffered from severe postpartum mood disorders as a result.
My husband was forced to choose between working/supporting our family and taking care of our daughters and me due to the severity of my mental state. Our water was shut off. Our electricity was shut off. Everything was overdue- we were surviving on loans and credit cards-barely. We had to get food assistance and we had no idea how the situation would improve.
Thankfully, through amazing local psychologists and therapists, I was able to get the help I needed, and my husband got a job with an amazing company that helped us get back on our feet. Shortly after that, I began my healing journey and in turn, my art business that has flourished in every way possible since I started it. It has been a huge blessing to my family and now I’m able to bless my employee’s families and the families of our clients as well. 🙂
We’d love to hear more about your art.
Our most popular product is our faceless custom portraits. In these portraits, we depict families with their lost ones- usually standing with Christ. We especially focus on creating these for families who have suffered from miscarriage and stillborn since there is often not a lot of closure associated with those losses and having experienced that kind of loss myself, I have a special place in my heart for it.
We also sell miscarriage remembrance necklaces, onesies, t-shirts, art prints, and custom stickers that all advocate for hope amongst the darkest times of our lives. We also have a blog portion that shares other women’s stories and tips for grieving mothers.
I’m most proud of the positive impact we’ve been able to have on other women. Daily I get messages from women telling me how much my art has helped them in their healing process or how much something I said has helped them – creating a safe place for these women is my greatest achievement for sure.
There are lots of digital artists who create faceless portraits, and they are all phenomenal. I love seeing everyone’s own style to things! What sets us apart is that we’re not only creating portraits – we are also sharing stories, giving advice, encouraging. Every post has a purpose of serving these families.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wish I would have done it sooner! I think for a long time, I thought I was okay because I thought having my daughters would heal me from the pain of my miscarriages but it didn’t. I had to process those too and giving myself the space to do that opened so many doors for me and in turn, I’ve been able to help others.
- Our custom portraits start at $35
- Our miscarriage remembrance necklaces are $25
- Our onesies are $25
- Website: kierrabutcher.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/kierra_b_art
- Facebook: facebook.com/kierrabart