My summer involved a lot of fruits and vegetables.
In June and July I was on maternity leave, so I spent my days with babies, toddlers and let’s face it, wine. Most nights I would painstakingly cut fruits and veggies in hopes my 4-year-old would feel inspired to indulge while I enjoyed my fermented fruit, which was prepared perfectly.
Every night the veggies would become sea creatures, decorations or art installations, but certainly never dinner. Being surrounded by his incredible imagination and, of course, big messes, I always questioned what happens once we became adults? We never want to make a mess and always try to do what is right – like EAT our veggies.
While brainstorming for my Maker Friday after a couple of glasses of wine I decided to challenge the ThoughtMatter team to make a mess and NOT eat the edible.
On the day of my Maker Friday I went to Trader Joe’s and bought the usual veggies and fruits that that my picky toddler re-invents every night: apples, peppers and broccoli. I also bought an extra-large box of paints and canvas paper.
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” –Salvador Dali
Without sounding clichéd, I wanted the team to embrace the Dali quote and not strive for anything perfect. I introduced print-making, teaching them how to apply the paint and experiment by dipping each cut veggie and fruit into the “ink.” Everyone had newsprint to test out colors, textures and pressure.
Once everyone chose their preferred fruit and colors, they had the canvas paper to create a pattern. I would like to say I was impressed with the masterpieces they created, but in fact I was more surprised and impressed by how much fun people seemed to have with the simple prospect of getting messy.
There were veggie scraps, paper towels, paint and experimental newsprint everywhere. I found the aftermath of the creative process more inspiring than the final “product.”
Everyone agreed that being 4 is the best! Hopefully, we can all appreciate that sometimes, the bigger mess the bigger the imagination.
This summer at ThoughtMatter, we’re ending every week with a “Maker Studio Friday” activity. During each session, a different studio member leads us through a hands–on activity that results in each of us having made something with our hands and minds. The activities help us keep our minds open, and pushes us to create better and more innovative work for our clients.