Re-creating creative inheritance

Welcome to Week Three of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood
by Lucy H. Pearce

Today’s topic is Creative Inheritance. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants. 

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December 11th: The Creative Process.


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Those of us with children all have cherished keepsakes made for Christmas, Mothers Day and other special occasions at playgroup, nursery, pre-school etc.  We love the cards and presents our children make for us when they are young and exploring their world through shape and colour.

Teachers and family positively encourage these activities and the act of giving without having to understand money is supported.  This is my creative inheritance handed down several generations including beautiful contributions from my in-laws to my children and myself.  The traditional emphasis of this creativity is as an enjoyable hobby; it’s personal, made with love and as a gift give others pleasure.

Why do some people pursue their creative talents throughout their lives, becoming artists, honouring this job description and earning a living from their endeavours?  And others do not?  It’s not simply down to talent.  I believe it’s down to their solid belief that it is an integral part of who they are, vital to their existence, a way of being, which cannot be ignored or denied whatever life says otherwise.  Tenacity and not giving up also seem important qualities why certain artists are successful and pursue their dreams.

The artist Grayson Perry in the last of his recent Reith lectures on BBC Radio 4  ‘I found myself in the art world,’ explains how it took him until the age of 38 to actually make a living from his art.  And how grateful are we that the art world took him into their arms as society needs such people to live, breathe, work, earn a decent living and showcase their creations to the rest of us.

My reasons for being creative with my children and what I hope to pass on to them have shifted recently, as my own creativity has flourished and as nurturing its existence is vital to who I am and how I live.  With this acknowledgement came questions about where did it go and why did it go?

As I outlined last week, creativity was my childhood more than sport, school or friendships.  But nevertheless I lost it, in my late teens/early twenties I think.  Studying, travelling, socializing and passive forms of creativity such as music and reading fed my soul.  Or did they?  Dancing was the one creative activity, which I did without inhibition, doubt or self-criticism.  This too had a declining presence in my life, until the last couple of years I am pleased to say.  Now I dance like a child every week, listening to my spirit, my deep inner ancient voice to move, as I need to, to go to uncomfortable places without fear and amazing spaces of freedom and beauty.  Connection and creativity are synonymous as unfettered movement stops the chatter and maintains the present moment.  Dancing is creative expression without words for me.

So initiating a different creative inheritance for my children, not just about creative hobbies, but rather one, which is living in the present moment and using your creative skills to create the life you want is the legacy I hope for.  I want to encourage my children to see their creativity as an intrinsic aspect of their lives and make their life around it, rather than leaving it on the periphery.  Through creating our own businesses based on creative pursuits which we love to do, women have more control of their lives.  The unattainable role of superwoman is left behind, along with the choice of career versus children and the long hours and guilt of a full-time ‘proper’ job.  This is living life according to your own values and achieving success on your own terms.  It’s got to make for a better life?

The differences between art and craft, male and female artists, high art and cottage industries etc will always prevail and I do believe that being a business woman as well as a creative soul is not always an easy marriage.  I worked in marketing for several years and employed a variety of creative people whose business brains hadn’t been exercised, leaving them clueless about many aspects of being self employed and more importantly earning a living from their gifts and talents.

During the Summer holidays, which are very long in France, my girls started making earrings, despite not having their ears pierced!  “Maybe we could sell them?”  Was one of their suggestions.  So in two weeks we will be getting up early to go and sell their beautiful creations at our village Christmas market.  Making the stands, thinking about the packaging, and pricing has been enjoyed as much as crafting pieces of wire together with beads.  I have encouraged their business activity with relish and the prospect of flexing their young business muscles, awakening their worlds to the business opportunities available.

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This is the inheritance I want to facilitate in my children.  It may not be their path and that’s fine by me, but I want to support and offer it as bona fide option in their life choices.  I don’t want fear and convention to overwhelm and take hold of them when deciding what they want to do or how they want to live.

What better way to help my children in the future than by the example I create in my own life?  With no business inheritance to call upon myself, the desire to do life in my own way, as I envisioned all those years ago is propelling me forward as I write, website design, plan products and take on the mantel of being a truly successful self employed woman.
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  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud celebrates her creative fairy godmothers, and gives thanks for the creative blessings that each has gifted her.
  • In
    ‘From Trash To Treasure: Christmas Decoration’ Laura from Authentic Parenting shares fond memories crafting with her mom and a little
    project her mom did recently. 

  • Lucy Pierce from Soulskin Musings celebrates the rich creative inheritance of her mother’s poetic soul and artful ways. 
  • Is thinking differently a curse or a gift? Zoie at TouchstoneZ susses out whether her family legacy might hinder or encourage creativity.
  • Dawn Collins at TheBarefootHome Dawn thinks we’re all born with a creative inheritance from the mother we all share…Mother Nature.
  • Licia Berry at Illumined Arts looks at the creative inheritance passed on by our ancestral lineage, discovered through sexuality and the Sacred Feminine within in “Sexuality and the Sacred Feminine”
  • Alex at The Art of Birth explores the nature of creativity. 
  • Handcrafts are prayers, that’s what Corina from PatchScrap learned from grandmother.
  • Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine retraces her creative inheritance from her childhood and all the way back to the 19th Century.  
  • Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak says “I have always known my creative inheritance and it is so very important for my children to know theirs.”
  • Becky at Raising Loveliness reflects on her experiences of creativity.
  • Creative Inheritance is a Beautiful Thing, says Aimee at Creativeflutters and discusses where her creativity comes from and what influences in her family have helped her on her artistic journey. 
  • Georgie at Visual Toast shares her creative inheritance.
  • Esther at Nurture Workshop expresses the gift of a creative mind and the doors that are waiting to be opened for those who are willing to explore.
  • Whitney Freya at Creatively Fit is inspired by the sacred spark within each of us, a spark that transcends time and is infinitely creative.
  • Denise at It Begins with a Verse  looks back at her family’s creative inheritance.
  • Womansart shares her reflections on creative inheritance.
  • Lys at Stars and Spirals looks at the creative inheritance as described by the astrological chart, drawing on her personal journey into motherhood and reawakened creativity.
  • Biromums wrote poems about their creative inheritance.
  • Kae at The Wilde Womb reflects on the various artists within her family and how it has shaped her identity and what impression she wishes to leave her own children. 
  • Marit’s Paper World shares her creative inheritance.
  • Lucy at Capture by Lucy  reflects on her experiences of creativity.
  • Knitting blankets and the inner landscape–my mother’s life’s work, writes Nicki from Just Like Play
  • Something Sacred – Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From writes about how the creativity of the women in her family has influenced her.
  • Mamma Bloom at Breathe and Bloom writes about her creative inheritance.
  • Mama is Inspired shares how she loved to make holiday ornaments as a child, and now is continuing that tradition with her own child.
  • Ali Baker is a creative mama to twin girls who reignited her creative energy and sense of who she used to be by just doing it and creating whatever needs to be created in an imperfect way. 
  • KatyStuff hopes inheritance is a long way off, but, when the day comes her woodworker father has already said he is comforted by knowing his work is in so many homes.
  • Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl realizes that the creativity she craves for so deeply may actually be something that runs deeper than just her imagination.
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares her creative journey.
  • Rising on the Road shares her experiences at Finding Life in a Death.