The contributions that are flowing in to my Festival of Colour, Creativity and Connection have been bringing me to places and thoughts that have only ever simmered under the surface.
One of the most thought-provoking emails came from Dale Rogerson who lives in Montreal and whose lovely blog is the well-named http://www.dalesdelectables.org.
Dale sent me a photograph of a de-commissioned railway bridge in the Griffintown area of Montreal.
The minute I saw the poignant image of what appears like ‘disconnect,’ I felt a really strong sense of connection as the bridge reminded me of the dismantled railway line between Tramore and Waterford and the wealth of history and heritage that is associated with it.
Towards the end of her email, Dale raised a very interesting point about creativity:
I am in the process of building up my own little business - catering, making birthday cakes, teaching others to cook.... Imagine, I used to think I was not creative because I couldn't draw or paint like my father did! I didn't associate my baking and cooking with being creative!
I’m wondering now how many of us have limited views about creativity and judge ourselves against a highly specific interpretation of what ‘creativity’ is all about. I know I’ve always had a tendency to see creativity in terms of activities like needlework and embroidery which bring me back to horrors of never getting passed beginner’s darning when everyone else was making dainty blouses and summer dresses!
Having read Dale’s comment, I’m now beginning to think that there’s no end to what creativity can mean. Whoever designed that railway bridge in Montreal certainly had a creative spirit!
I’d love to hear your views on what Creativity means to you and also to receive YOUR contributions to this Festival of Colour, Creativity and Connection. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join in.
(Oh and how I wish I was creative enough to design a Logo for the Festival!)