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On stage or in a living room, I share stories, ideas, and strategies to facilitate breakthrough and joy. I bring my passion for deep inquiry and human connection to your event. I definitely exude humor and poise.
My talk "That's Not Funny": Feminism, Motherhood, and Finding Your Way addresses issues that badass, independent women face during the transition to motherhood.
I present the Non-Attached to Outcome Motivational Interviewing (NAOMI) workshop with social worker Margaret Mary Downey. NAOMI is our approach to Motivational Interviewing, incorporating Buddhist ideas of mindfulness and impermanence. It helps people get unstuck!
Elisabeth Klaus describes a cultural producer as one who “interven[es] in the process of producing meaning...[with] constant reshaping and redefinition,” and when she’s not chasing her children with a damp washcloth, Svea Vikander is doing that. As a speaker, writer, radio host, and counselor of creative people, Svea seeks to give words to that which is unsaid. Swedish-Canadian and currently residing in Berkeley, California, she is happiest when something unusual, risky, or beautiful is happening.
Svea works on topics of bodily autonomy and creative self-expression. She is known for her multimedia feminist explorations of sexual coercion, motherhood, and scars—and as an arts reporter with a wicked sense of humor. Her counseling practice focuses on creative people seeking career change, professional development, and overcoming creative blocks.
coverage & Notoriety
coverage & Notoriety
New York Times reporter Katie Rogers interviewed me about my holiday card and how it addressed, in some small way, the results of the 2016 election. This piece includes the narratives of other women making similar gestures toward resistance.
It was a busy weekend of protests against alt-right meetups in the Bay Area that weekend. My daughter and I dressed up and carried a sign that said ‘Princess VS Nazis’. Chosen as one of 24 most creative signs from the protests that weekend by Alix Martichoux.
My daughter and I appear, in the midst of this hysterical article, to be having a great time in our anti-Nazi princess dresses. Photo by Jim Wilson.
Another Nazi-fighting princess picture!
Interviewed by Aela Mass for Babble.com. We talk about the inaugural Birth Without Fear conference in Arlington, TX, which I helped to organize and where I presented a talk on postpartum care. October 12th, 2013.
Caitlin Leroux wrote about HEIR/LOOMS, an exhibition on which I worked as a curatorial consultant, for The Link newspaper. Curated by Nicole Dawkins at Studio Béluga, the show explored the connections between textile, work, and memory. August 30th, 2011.
Lauren MacDonald writes about the workshop Maggie Downey (CSW) and I presented about our take on Motivational Interviewing at the Bay Area Doula Project. April 1st 2016.
Interview by Riaz Behra and Maddy Anders about Women Who Tell, in which I wrote about my experiences of sexual violence for 29 consecutive days as published on rabble.ca and inspired by the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Interview starts at the 30 minute mark. February 29th 2016. *No longer available online
Dr. Lucia Lorenzi called my project about sexual assault, Women Who Tell, 'incredible'. March 20th, 2016.
Jeff Perera, a member of Canada's National Speakers Bureau and founder of the annual 'What Makes a Man' conference, discusses my project Women Who Tell in his talk about gendered violence, presented to a range of audiences. Ongoing.
Annie, who runs an excellent personal narrative and resource blog called Rebel Recovery, shared some of my thoughts on the impact of remaining friends with and enabling known abusers. February 26th, 2016.
User hurdy gurdy girl shared her thoughts on my project, Women Who Tell, sparking a discussion about the Jian Ghomeshi trial and its impact on Canadian women. February 9th, 2016.
Two Canadian media guys named Kevin misrepresent my work as a 'tort of unhappiness' but they do call me plucky, so I guess that's something. Starts at the 1:18 mark.
A senior member of A Voice For Men calls me a silly chick and tells me to stop going out. He didn't really like Women Who Tell. February 12th, 2016
Quoted by Brittany Jezouit in talking about public broadcasting in Canada. February 16th 2016.
Quoted via twitter by Jill Di Donato (for Romper.com, a Bustle offshoot), talking about the actions (standing up and being nice) that had Rose Hamid escorted from a Trump rally. I discuss the harassment I received as a consequence of this tweet here. January 9th 2016.
Megan Elyse Waterman cited my writing about the rhetoric of anti bed-sharing campaigns in her article for the Tulsa Law Review about the legality of enforced vaccination. I did not write about vaccines but she still doesn't like what I have to say. Summer 2015.
Lori Beth de Hertogh discussed Birth Without Fear, an online resource/community devoted to women's bodily empowerment in maternal health for which I was an active administrator and contributor in 2012-2014, in her paper for Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. While my contributions to Birth Without Fear are accurately characterized, this paper erroneously attributes to me a quote from a birth story I sourced and edited. April 2015.
Lizzie Frye discussed my research on women's reasons for telling their birth stories in Your Birth, And Why You Need to Tell Your Story on her blog, Bonny Bump. March 9th, 2015.
Heather, blogger at Fearful to Fearless, discusses my piece Mothering the Mother: 40 Days of Rest and the need for postpartum recuperation. January, 2015.
This book included a photograph from and a description of Life Lines, a visual, narrative, and interview archive I created in 2006 to explore the ways that people use familial and self-defining narratives in order to understand and accept their physical scars. The book is co-authored by Fred Vanderbom and Ian Rogers. February 26th, 2014.
Interview by Aela Mass. We talk about the inaugural Birth Without Fear conference in Arlington, TX, where I presented a talk on postpartum care. October 12th, 2013.
User greenkozi entered my community activism/relational aesthetic project Pots Over Temescal (POT) into the Oakland Local Wiki. The project helped people to feel neighborly and caring in response to the rise in muggings (and increasing trends of employing private security to patrol the streets) in my Oakland neighborhood. Pots Over Temescal culminated in an anti-mugging march. October 7th, 2013.
2012 & 2011:
Alina Maizel, with whom I co-founded Studio Béluga in 2009, answers Melanie Hadida's questions about the work and exhibition collective. Includes lots of great photos. April 13th, 2012.
Caitlin Leroux wrote about HEIR/LOOMS, an exhibition on which I worked as a curatorial consultant. Curated by Nicole Dawkins at Studio Béluga, the show explored the connections between textile, work, and memory. August 30th, 2011.
Laura Kenins wrote about the Happiness Project installation in which I participated for Artist Bloc at POP Montreal, as part of her paper's Scene and Heard series. October 5th, 2009.
Peter Matthews reviewed the project to which I contributed for Pop Montréal, a set of art and installations organized by Artist Bloc for Charles Spearin's award-winning album The Happiness Project (Arts & Crafts). A photo of the piece I contributed is included. October 4th, 2009.
Robin Sharp describes a visit to the house taken over the Happiness Project, to which I contributed a series of ice sculptures. October 2nd, 2009.
CTV News covers one of many vigils for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women supported by, among other organisations, Missing Justice. Missing Justice (Justice en Attente) is a grassroots activist collective of which I was a committed member from 2009-2011.
Bryn Weese reports on reactions to the Canadian government's refusal to fund the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. The article also describes the sit-in I helped to coordinate at Indian Affairs Ministor Chuck Strahl's Parliament office. March 29, 2010.
CBC Ottawa, CBC Yellowknife, and CBC North reported on the sit-in that I and other members of Missing Justice (Justice en Attente) coordinated at Chuck Strahl's Parliament office after the Canadian government's refusal to fund the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. March 29, 2010. *No longer available online.
2007 & 2006:
Interviewed for Liquid Lunch on ThatRadio.Com (now ThatChannel.com) by Milena Vigliotta and Hugh Reilly. We talked about the fairytale in which a woman's husband unties the ribbon she wears around her neck and her head falls off. *No longer available online.
Interviewed on Cat & Taylor's Spiritual Feast about my experience of sexual exploitation in a Buddhist monastery. I also wrote about the experience for Pathologize This II, a zine about mental health curated by Sarah Tea Rex (Montréal) and on rabble.ca.
Discussed my upcoming scar narrative workshop for Java Knights at the Gladstone Hotel on Sex City: Aural explorations of sexuality, culture and politics. *No longer available online