MEET MARI, OWNER + CREATOR OF THE PINE TORCH
Mari Toscas, MFA, is an author, artist, poet, recovering cubicle worker, and mom of four with a wicked sense of humor. Her inspiration comes from the dark side of motherhood – creating books, artwork, printed goods, and apparel that goes where nobody else wants to go – shining a flashlight into the sticky unknown crevices of its couch to expose the fossilized remnants of mayhem and the mundane. Her inspo comes directly from being a working mom of a motley crew of four kids: twins, three with special needs, (an overweight Puggle, hyperactive Boston Terrier, Ball Python named Snakey, diverse plant jungle including a Venus Flytrap, and an eternal, Sisyphean pile of laundry affectionately dubbed "Mount Kill-A-Mom-Jaro").
Mari has personified her “Dead Inside But Caffeinated” journey down the motherhood-equivalent of the river Styx via “Ma-DAMN Skeleton,” who travels into its bowels in an amalgamation of biting humor, ethereal imagery, unabashed truth-telling, and a nod to the feminine divine – mummified in a sarcophagus of eternal wisdom that can only come from (pooped-on)-hands-on experience.
As a spirit-centered entrepreneur, Mari's business mission goes beyond delivering products: She speaks her truth even when it isn't considered profitable or clean, often rebelling against "ticking the boxes" of consumerist or media expectations, finding alternative methods to learning and healing, learning to listen and be a voice for her nonverbal autistic children, taking giant leaps of faith, pushing the envelope (and then some), and going outside of the lines in motherhood and in life.
In Ancient Rome, Vestal Virgins were charged with keeping the eternal flame. And in Ancient Greece, myths, fables and legends were passed down through oration for generations. Everything Mari creates via The Pine Torch serves as a raw vignette – a stark but hilarious story of our motherhood in our time – alchemizing and energizing, like a shot of espresso to the dead but caffeinated soul.
Make no bones about it: The Pine Torch is a darkly branded vessel of truth and authentic story-telling that brings moms of all walks of life together.
Check out Mari's children's books:
Raising a Phoenyx - www.raisingaphoenyx.com
Cornelia and The Pine Torch - Coming Soon!