The inspiration for this month come from a few different corners of my life. Firstly, Rachel Power’s amazing book, Motherhood and Creativity, which collates the experiences of mothers who are successful creatives. It was recently updated and reprinted. It is an honest and wonderful account of how motherhood shapes, aids and changes creative practice. I devoured every word, finding inspiration and resonance in equal measure.
Then there are the wonderful creative women in my life. Those I know online and those I know in real life. All making the world a little brighter through the things they create.
My life currently revolves around craft as I am co-convening the craft stall at my son’s school fete. The best part of it all has been the beautiful bags of knitted wonderful that have been generously donated by grandmothers.
And then, finally and sadly, this is the month that marks three years since we said goodbye to our middle son. Not long after his death, I realised that I needed to maintain a connection with him. I did that through creating things: prayer flags, poems, stories, small parts of our house dedicated to him and scrap-booked pages. Through acts of heart, hand and head I was able to keep him close.
All of these things have come together and caused me to reflect on creativity and its importance in my life.
This month, I am challenging myself (and you, if you would like) to do something creative each and every day. It might be creating something, immersing myself in someone else’s creativity or carving out space for inspiration.
Here are some ideas for a month of creativity, one for each day of July:
- Read poetry
- Write a verse (or two)
- Go for a walk
- Create something on Pinterest
- Creating something without Pinterest
- Write a stream of consciousness
- Go to an art gallery
- Re-read a childhood favourite book
- Write a letter
- Colour In
- Be Still
- Create a font
- Take a photo
- Learn a new skill
- Collect & press flowers
- Write a letter to your younger self
- Write a letter to your older self
- Visit a museum
- Create a collage or vision board
- Hand letter a quote you love
- Read a book
- Create a lovely space
- Listen to music
- Watch a classic movie