February: Friendship Sculpture Party!
Well its just an hour or so until the new month hits – and I’ve just finished up the last details of my final February project. Unfortunately, that one will have to wait until I can photograph it tomorrow..
In the meantime, I am delighted to share with you the other project I did for this month! Or should i say… WE did! In keeping with the cards I chose for the month, being “temporary sculpture” themed on “friendship”, I organized a friendship party this past weekend. A few fabulous friends and I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon collecting sticks, branches, grasses and all things natural at a local hike/bike trail. We gathered everything together in a clearing off the beaten path, next to a softly babbling creek, and began to build!
We weren’t exactly sure what we were doing or quite how we were going to do it, but that was certainly part of the adventure!
What fun to just disconnect from planning a thing out perfectly or having specific expectations for the end result. It felt so free to be out in nature making it all up as we went along – best of all, doing it together.
As a creative person, I am very often wrapped up in doing things in a more solitary way. I’m so used to knowing what I want to make and how I want it to turn out, that it seems I’ve really missed out on the gifts that come from collaborating. Ok, really I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to creative things!
This month’s project helped me realize that, by letting go of control and trusting others, I not only have an amazing shared experience – but whatever we create becomes something completely new & different than anything I could have created alone. And to make things even better – whatever we create together is infinitely more special… and even if it’s something as temporary as our stick sculpture, the memories we have of creating it together will last a lifetime.
Feeling pretty darn grateful for this 12 Month Project right now – so far it’s given me some really wonderful experiences that I otherwise would have never had. Here’s to temporary sculptures and everlasting friendships! =)
goodnight all my crafty & creative friends!
P.S. A special thank you to Andrew Ridge, Becky Winslow and Micaela Wilson for joining in the fun!