As with anything, much of the work of Crafting Connections goes on behind-the-scenes. Danielle and I are constantly dreaming up new ideas, trying new projects, or just getting our little ones together to play. Recently, we have been focusing on really articulating why we do what we do – why Crafting Connections exists.
And here it is:
We believe in crafting an authentic, connected, and creative life through the act of making.
The Connections we speak of are widespread – interpersonal connections with oneself, one’s immediate friends and family and one’s greater community. Connections with art, science, math, and literature. Connections with social events, with history. Connections with nature.
The Crafting we speak of is also widespread – creative projects and endeavors, crafting a home, crafting a life, and the creativity it takes to make those important connections.
But what of creativity? Last week we shared the following sentiment on our Facebook page:
“I realized that the only way I could teach my daughter (as well as my one-year-old son) that her creative spirit was valuable and worthwhile was to honor my own. I realized that I had to model an authentic, creative life if I ever wanted her to feel as though her own mattered.” -Krista of The Bright Side Project via Brika (read the whole article here)
Upon first reading it sounds overwhelming – how does one live an “authentic, creative life” – especially if you don’t consider yourself creative (or crafty, artistic, etc.)? Here’s the thing: creativity doesn’t have to be about making – it can be the way in which you think, the items you choose to surround yourself with, your style of dress. Creativity can even be found when working through fields that are considered more analytical rather than creative, such as economics, math or science.
Tanner from Creative Something wrote an inspiring piece about the psychology behind people believing they are not creative. He argues, “Creative thinking is an innate ability in each of us. If you have a brain that functions fairly well you can dream up new ideas. It’s that simple.” (read the full article here) When you start thinking about creativity in this sense, it feels more attainable. I can do that – I do do that – and so can you.
Tim Brown takes Creativity a step further and talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play – PLAY! – something any parent or caregiver can certainly relate to. It’s a fun talk to watch, and though about designing, I think the central points are applicable to us all.
At the end, he asserts that “we need trust to play, and we need trust to be creative.” Trust. A second and I would say central tenet of parenthood. So you have play, you have trust, you have, whether you know it or not, creativity. (His talk also reminded me of a lovely children’s book, Not a Box – a fun little board book, it explores all that a box can be when you use your imagination.)
There is creativity in you. I promise. Need more convincing? In the next day or so, take 10-15 minutes to sit down with your little one and delve into a creative project. Any project. Follow your child’s creative lead without editing yourself. Engage in the process of creating. Explore more. Make connections.