To the above I'd like to add:
The food we make, the games we play, the clothes we sew, the rooms we lovingly rearrange... they all become our installations and art pieces.
I wrote this article many months ago and haven't thought much about my words since. Seeing them again felt like a little gift... as if I wrote them to myself for just this moment. It's a time of new beginnings and I seem to have a sharpened awareness of where I've been and how I want to move forward as an artist and mother.
The intersection of mothering and making things fascinates me. How we incorporate creativity into daily life and share it with our children looks different for each family... my goodness, it looks different around here each day! But I do believe that one of the most important things we canoffer our family and our self is to unplug, tune in and be present. This gets harder as technology snakes itself into more and more crevices of our homes and the world around us. Smart phones and tablets seem to be sprouting from limbs... and I am no innocent bystander. Not that they don't offer incredible options as tools and resources, but I find myself longing for the simple ways of tech-free parenting. I wrote a little about those early days and my introduction to the blogging world in the Create With Me article. You can read more on flickr here and here.
As a fellow creative and blogger/blog reader, do you ever think about these things too? How do we balance our personal needs for creativity with mothering? Our desire to inspire and engage creatively with our children are often interconnected with our own artistic drive. And I often wonder what the impact of all of this technology (whether it be a blog or even instagram) will have on our collective creative consciousness down the road? I'd love to hear your thoughts...