Tuesday, May 17, 2011

a making place


Most afternoons, Adelaide will shut the door to her bedroom and take some time on her own to just make things - She says that she is doing her "work". I have set up a little table for her here, on top of which are rotated a selection of crafty materials - coloured pencils, paper, tapes and glues, stickers, little collage bits. I am happy to tidy and refresh the items every week or so, just for her.

The other day, I snuck in and took a few photographs of her at her work. As always, she completely ignored me and carried on, intent on her doings. She will only ever pause to request a specific item, perhaps a paper plate, or a bit of yarn. I am always enchanted by this, loving to stand back and witness her focus and creative intensity.

I often joke to friends - if they comment on Adelaide's focus and love of creating - that being an Artist is not an option in our house, and Addie knows that she must make stuff, or move on! Because Charles and I both work from our small home, making our living from our art, every day our daughter has been surrounded by art and creative projects. Often I wonder how this - if at all - will effect who she will become when she is all grown up. Will she carry creativity with her throughout her life? Will it become a vocation, a past time, a hobby, or nothing at all to her?

Addie is only four years old, so who can even know where her life will take her. But I am so curious to see who this little girl will become.

30 comments:

christina kober said...

i love hearing your stories about adelaide and this is just precious. she is a lucky little gal.

Megan said...

This is one of my favorite posts! :) At only 4 years old she carries her parents around with her. Very cool. I love that you set up the table just for her so she can be free to do her own thing. How old was Addie when she started painting and gluing (doing more messy-type things)? I'd like to introduce Little P to more art, but in all honesty I'm scared of the mess (or, rather, the work of cleanup that comes with the mess). But she just turned 2 and she's been fine with using markers and crayons so far...hmmmm...

Lisa said...

Hi Sharilyn,
I am new to your blog and I love, love it! I want to learn how to sew, create, make things! I am not at all crafty or artsy but I want to be. Where do you get all your lovely quilts with such pretty colors and patterns? Do you make them?
Also, I think artists are the smartest people around. Little Addie is quite the artiste!

whistlepeaknits said...

I can't wait until my one-year-old is at this stage. Right now it's hard to keep her occupied.

I wanted to let you know that I read both of your television posts and they inspired me to kick my own recent habit. The baby hadn't been having any sleep disruptions or anything but I thought it couldn't hurt. I'm also hoping that when we take long car rides she can watch a dvd on our laptop and it will be special enough that it will keep her occupied.

Bekka said...

I love this, it's so cute that she is "working." I would tell you that she will do whatever she is meant to do. My brother, sister and I grew up with an engineer mom who has almost zero artistic inclination. The three of us all found art anyway (mom always got us supplies), but we weren't surrounded by it.

Sarah said...

I just love your blog! And this little post is darling. My 2.5yr old has her own table in our "craft room" she has all her own boxes and jars with everything she would need - so we can create together!

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April said...

All moms seem to struggle with what to do with all the artwork their kids produce. Since it seems your family encourages art creation even more... I have to wonder, what *do* you do with all the artwork your daughter makes? Do you keep it all (and if so, how do you store it)? Do you throw some away? Give it away?

On a separate note, your little bio on the side bar needs a mini update... you now live with *two* guys and a girl. :)

Rhonda said...

Love Love Love this post about your sweet daughter!

Chrissie's Ribbons said...

What a lovely idea- I will have to set up a little workspace for my little one!

Robin + Judith said...

A love of making is something she will always get to keep. Knowing how to make your own fun is the best.
—Robin

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Sooooooooo Lovely MUSE..♥ ⊙○⊙_!

Traci said...

She is precious, and lucky to have a loving, creative family :)

Joan said...

Being that art is very much a part of her daily life, I would imagine that she'll gravitate to it when she's grown up. She may take a journey down a side path, but would think something is missing in her life if she didn't do her "work"

Having the "art gene" makes it nearly impossible not to do art in some form or medium.

She's a very lovely child and will most likely turn out to be a very lovely young woman.

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claire said...

I only discovered your beautiful blog yesterday and I love it.
Young children seem to make art so naturally and unconsciously...and with so much potential. Your daughter is a lucky girl to be in a home where her creativity will always be valued and nurtured.

Anonymous said...

Love this! I have a space like this too for my boys...but I wouldn't dare close the door! (scissors, paint, little boys...not so reserved as the little girls!). ;-)

Chika-san said...

How cute. ♥ I absolutely adore her space by the way. I wish to have a room like hers someday. :) You have a very bee-utiful and talented daughter. You are very blessed.

tamdoll said...

This is so precious! Makes me think of when my girls were little and so cute. I loved it when they were passionate about something and focused like that.

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This little post is darling! She's lucky to have a loving, creative family.

Kris Cannon said...

I haven't been in to see you in awhile and I am immediately put at ease! Love, love, love your blog. I CAN NOT believe a 4 year old could have 1)crafts in her room 2) be self directed 3) close the door! But I guess you have been training her from birth. My 2 little monsters would re-decorate the house(3&4) if left them alone! Sigh, I love being creative but this has escaped me with them. You are very blessed!

Claire M. said...

Precious moments of your daughter! Love it so much

Claire M.

guildmaker said...

little addie has inspired me to get crafty this afternoon! thankyou dear addie (and her mama!)

Holly said...

this is so lovely and so inspiring. My little one loves to create too--I am happiest when we are creating side by side--him doing his thing and me doing mine and both of us checking in to see how the other's project is coming along.

Qaseh Gifts said...

kids are just too cute and their honesty is so precious.

Rowan said...

I think Addie is very lucky - even if she doesn't grow up making art as naturally as breathing, she'll always associate making with the warmth and happiness of childhood :)

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