I realize every parent is enamored with their own child. (at least sometimes, right?) I also know that parental amazement doesn’t always translate to other folks who don’t know and love the kidlet themselves. Therefore, I hope this post isn’t thoroughly annoying to those of you who aren’t in love with my daughter in the way only I can be. But since I spend my days designing and weaving spaces to foster play, I try to notice and connect with my own child’s creative play as it unfolds. Some days, all I want to do is photograph what she’s up to, whether it’s the actual thing she’s making or the beautiful mess she’s left behind. It's endlessly inspiring to me.
Her imagination has exploded this past year. Of course, dress-up and dramatic play are a constant right now. (She’s sported painted on whiskers for the past 4-5 days) And she’s pretty much singing constantly and "writing songs." It's wonderful. She finally has the fine motor skills to put her hands to work in the way she’s wanted to for years. She’s a relentless little maker right now: always cutting out images and shapes to compose on whatever surface is near, making maps, drawing and writing the words she’s excited to learn, creating books, altering her clothes, and TAPING. Taping things together, making things with tape, taping things she’s made out of tape together with more tape. As creatives ourselves, it’s sometimes tough for Dan and I not to join her, but we’re committed to staying out of her way creatively. Not directing, not suggesting, not telling her the “right way” to use materials or create form, but instead having materials and instruments around for her to access and experiment with on her own. Then, we’re there at the ready with whatever info she requests to help her achieve whatever she wants to make.
Since I've made a play/work space for her at CHEERIUP, we’ve been sharing time in the studio together, working alongside each other or collaborating. It’s been pretty magical and inspiring to witness what she's been up to. (Or perhaps totally mundane to anyone else!) It feels like the start of a new chapter in figuring out who this little creature really is. Can't wait for lies ahead!