This Woman I Know

This Woman I Know is a series by Jessica Laforet that features self-identified women who show support, act as allies and empower other women. I am honored to have been featured. Here’s what they had to say:

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THIS WOMAN I KNOW, her name is Jennifer. She is a photographer, a storyteller, a dreamer, a fighter, a hustler, a feminist, a friend, a lover and a hard working, relentless, passionate, unbridled woman

Jennifer’s focus in the creation of her personal photographic works is the search for ways to work at alleviating the epidemic of low self-esteem afflicting the contemporary woman. She first started with “The Esteem Project” which featured a series of female nudes photographed without artifice – no colour, no makeup, no clothes, no photoshop in natural light. Her aim was to provide a mirror to the arresting, glorious, totally natural beauty of each subject. Evolving along the same vein, Jennifer launched Herself.com with actress Caitlin Stacey in January 2015. Herself.com offers raw portraits of women in both body and mind, laid bare in all their honesty in an effort at reclaiming female agency in a world of media constantly filtered through a male gaze. Earlier this year Jennifer began work on The Goddess Array, a photographic series depicting contemporary versions of ancient Greek goddesses. Printed 8ft tall all 30 goddesses will be shown together creating a space of goddess worship where guests will pay witness, looking up to these large, iconic, strong, female archetypes.

Jennifer believes that the world needs to be littered with images of free, happy, healthy, fearless women standing their ground. The goddesses are her current contribution to this necessary landscape. Anyone interested in posing for the project is welcome to email her at jennifertoole@jennifertoole.com

Nike Tees for Sale

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The Nike, Goddess of Victory limited-edition, dye-sublimated tee is still available in sizes small through extra large. We have about 15 left. They make a lucky holiday gift. You can buy yours on www.jennifertoole.com or in store at Q. Rockford Visual Healing Arts, 222 Spadina Ave. 2nd floor. xo

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The Goddess Array V.2: Exhibit Opening

A few memories of a warm-hearted evening in celebration of The Goddess Array V.2. Sending you all much love. Many thanks to Kelly and Char of Milk Glass for the space and to Carmela Antonio for being so fabulous. Here’s is the video we made together again in case you missed it…xo

Photos by Katherine Kwan.

The Goddess Array V.2

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I am chilling at the gallery right now feeling so grateful for all of you! The Goddess Array V.2 SOLD OUT. This is a blessed life. The show will be up today and tomorrow 12-5. There are a few Nike tees (S, M, L, XL) and magazines left. The magazine includes all 20 goddesses along with behind-the-scenes photos, my musings, the histories of the goddesses and insights into the models. This is the forward:

“It is with a great, big, full, open heart I present you with The Goddess Array: Volume 2. I have paid witness to real life goddesses for the project so far in California, Spain & Ontario. It is my goal to accumulate a body of goddess imagery that pays respect to the immense power of women and the vast variety of manifestations of said power. I have begun with the Greek goddesses, of which there are twenty thus far displayed within these pages, aiming to have thirty in total, before moving onto the Phoenician, Egyptian, Celtic, African, Hindu goddesses, and more. It may very well be a project that spans my lifetime. I am obsessed. My passion in the creation and display of these grand goddesses comes from a bottomless well deep within me utterly dedicated to populating the world with diverse, iconic images of female archetypes. It all stems from a desperate search for female role models in the quickly changing climate of what it means to be a woman today. Our work is as constant and neverending as our potential. We are having to learn the lesson over and over again that we must make of this life what we want. We have to find more creative ways to take care of ourselves, acquire positions of power, get paid equally, respect our bodies, and keep the magic within. I always look to nature for inspiration and, indeed, the majority of the goddess shoots take us right into the glory of Mother Nature. It is an effort at rediscovering our roots and from there, growing. The biggest blessing has been in the enthusiasm of my subjects to play the part of the goddess they feel most aligned with. We have traversed many fences and rougher terrains to get the perfect shot. Thank you for your interest and please do revel in these pages for they are full of wonder.” – J. Toole

Come by and say hi! xo

Milk Glass Co. 1247 Dundas St. W

Pink Dawn

Here it is! My first stab at making a music video. I am so grateful to have been able to work with Carmela Antonio – a talented, brave and willing muse. From the art direction to the production to the editing and direction this video is a product of our imagination and hard work. Elena Pacienza did the hair & make-up. And Carmela is a superstar. I am already looking forward to the next video, whatever shape it will take. Thanks for watching. xo

Goddesses in Vogue.

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Chloris, Goddess of Flowers

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Eirene, Goddess of Peace & Spring

Vogue Italia gave The Goddess Array another nod this morning publishing two of my new pieces for the project. You can take a look HERE. Please come by and see the full collection of twenty this Thursday at Milk Glass Co. (1247 Dundas Street W, Toronto). Doors at 6PM. xo