There is a sculpture in our lounge room. It is unassuming, and it is beautiful. It sits on the top shelf, next to our wedding photo and a technical drawing of a Queenslander that Rick did when he was in high school.
We have had the sculpture for eight years now. It was given to us by our minister’s wife, a couple of months after Cameron died. She had been taking an art class at the time and, after we lost Cameron, she decided to make this sculpture as her major work.
The sculpture itself is of a mother nursing her child. The mother holds her child close in an intimate embrace. Her forehead rests on her child’s face. The child grasps his mother’s bosom. From afar, they look like they are one.
When Margie presented me with the sculpture, I was incredulous. Speechless. Moved beyond words.
We both had tears in our eyes as I held her gift in my arms.
I modelled this after a famous artist’s sculpture, she said.
Does it have a name? I asked.
Evening, she answered.
– Rhonda Mason, The Shoemaker's Daughter.
Because stories of the heart matter
Founded by Rhonda Mason, author of The Shoemaker's Daughter and co-creator of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, Evening Press is named after a beautiful sculpture that was gifted to Rhonda not long after she lost her first child, Cameron. An independent imprint based in Sydney, we seek to publish books that tell stories from the heart. We believe in the importance of empathy and compassion when it comes to caring for those who are suffering or struggling. Too often we try to help others by "fixing" their problems when all they want or need is for someone to listen to them, to empathise with them, and to walk beside them on their journey. This is why we want to share heart stories—so that we can all become better at loving others in the way that they need to be loved.
Our first book, Life Without Cameron, is a heartfelt memoir written by Rhonda eighteen months after the death of her firstborn son. It is essentially a picture of grief—a rare journey into the lonely world of grieving parents. "Life Without Cameron began as a blog," says Rhonda. "I was journaling every day as a way of coping with my grief, and I decided to share it online to help our family and friends better understand what we were enduring. Over time, as an increasing number of women reached out to me, it became clear that, one day, I would turn my writing into a manuscript and a book."
"It is my hope and prayer that by sharing our story, others might better understand the depth and width of our sadness, our pain, and our mourning. Before losing Cameron, I could not possibly have known or understood what it is like for couples to suffer a tragedy like this. Now that I have been inside the valley, I want to shed light on this journey so that others might also understand—if not entirely, at least partially. I hope this will help us all better care for and love those who have lost children. I think this is a good starting point: before we can help, we need to at least try and understand their pain."
You can learn more about Life Without Cameron here.
We are keen to collaborate with writers, photographers, and artists who have a heart story to tell. If you have a project that you would like to discuss with us, please get in touch. You can also follow us on Instagram or sign up to our newsletter below and keep up-to-date with our news and announcements.
Because design matters
At Evening Press, we take pride in the design and finish of our books. We want you to cherish the books you buy from us. We want our books to look as beautiful as the stories they tell. With over ten years in the graphic design trade, Rhonda is passionate about designing and typesetting every book herself. So when you purchase a book from us, rest assured that you are investing in a product that has been lovingly and meticulously crafted.
Because the paper and the process matter
We are committed to using recyclable products wherever possible, and we have established partnerships with local printers and businesses here in Australia to produce our books and art.
We work with White Laws in Melbourne to print and bind our soft-cover and case-bound books. We print our books using Envirocare 100% Recycled paper stock, which is manufactured entirely from waste paper (75% post-consumer & 25% pre-consumer waste) and without the addition of optical brighteners. This raw yet elegant paper is acid free, speckle free, and delivers high-quality print results including rich solids and sharp detail. It is manufactured by Lenzing Paper in Austria.
For our mini art prints, we work with Momento Pro in Sydney. All our prints are produced by Momento Pro at their Chippendale studio on their Art 250gsm stock, which has a matte finish with a slight texture. It is also pH neutral, elemental chlorine free, museum quality, and is FSC certified. The prints are created with an HP Indigo 7800 digital press, which uses ElectroInks to produce the widest colour gamut available in digital offset printing today.
Because there are causes that matter
At Evening Press, part of our goal is to raise funds for causes that are close to our heart.
According to the Stillbirth Foundation Australia, there are 6 stillborn babies every day. In 2012 alone, 1832 babies were stillborn. In 40 percent of cases, the cause of death is unknown. And despite the enormous advances in both technology and medicine, the rate of stillborn babies in Australia has not declined in 2 decades. The Stillbirth Foundation Australia's mission is to significantly reduce the incidence of stillbirth through research, education, and advocacy. For every copy of Life Without Cameron sold, we will donate $2.00 to the Stillbirth Foundation Australia to support ongoing research into the causes of stillbirth and how it can be prevented.
In June 2016, Rhonda's second youngest son, Edward, was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease—an illness that mostly affects children under five years of age. It is caused by the inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body, including those of the heart (the coronary vessels), and it is now the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children in developed countries. It is a relatively uncommon disease—with an annual incidence in the United Kingdom and United States of approximately 9–12 per 100 000 children under five. If undiagnosed, Kawasaki Disease can cause damage to the coronary arteries in 20–25 percent of cases, which can lead to long-term complications. The disease was first described by Kawasaki in 1967. Today, the exact cause of Kawasaki Disease remains unknown, though it is thought to be related to an abnormal host response to infections. For every mini art print that is sold, we will donate $2.00 to the Heart Foundation to help fund research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of heart disease and related disorders.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please feel free to email us.