where craftiness comes from: letting creativity shine through

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Craftiness is a gift that each and every one of us possesses. If may not be something that we use in our every day lives, but it is there.

Craftiness is something that we use to solve problems and to see the world in our own way. Everyone’s creative background is different, but at some point you are likely to have been exposed to making, creating and creativity and it isn’t until the moment comes that you realize what you already know and who you learnt it from.

Everyone has a different skill that they can excel at, it’s just a matter of finding it.

For each person this will be different. Some people find their creativity in their childhood and keep it with them along their journey. For others, it isn’t realized until much later in life; it is in there waiting for the perfect moment to reveal itself.

Your craftiness doesn’t have to be your day job for you to call yourself creative.

Many of the people I have interviewed for this column have made their craft their profession, but each person had a very different upbringing and a way of finding what their creative strengths were and how they wanted to use them. Some people find that they prefer their creative pursuits to be something that they do on the side. Having something fun to relax with in their down time.

There is no one-size-fits-all in creativity. We can all work together and alongside one another doing what we love when it suits us best. The creative world is (and should be) a supportive one where we recognize the skills of others and allow them and ourselves the chance to shine.

Do you think so, too?

7 thoughts on “where craftiness comes from: letting creativity shine through

  1. This is such a beautifully written post and a point I think a lot of us forget about. For those of us not “living their dream” this doesn’t mean we aren’t creative! A lot of people define themselves by their job and they don’t need to! When people ask me “what i do?” I always tell them all the things I do in my spare time that I feel define me (often they think I’m a bit odd!) and then tell them what I do for a living. I love my job (I work in marketing) but it’s not all that I am. I run a blog, I sew, I knit, I create, I write – these are the things that define me. I always worry that if my creative pursuits were my career I’d stop loving them as much. I’m sure this is a concern other creative people share too.

  2. I couldn’t agree more! When I left my job years ago, I had trouble answering the question, “What do you do?” I think since then it’s become much more OK to NOT define yourself only through your job. I still get some raised eyebrows when I tell people the odd list of things I do (like Fran above!) and that puzzles and saddens me a little. It’s luxurious, I know, to not HAVE a job–but it’s also a choice to manage with less income in order to have a more fulfilled life.

  3. Having grown up in a conservative family and environment that always said “hey you’re great at art, but what are you gonna do for a REAL job?”, the bit that hit home was that we need to support each other. Allow that creativity to blossom, and don’t knock it on the head before it has a chance to grow. It’s taken me a long time to get to where I am.

  4. Wow, what a poignant post, Dannielle. It really is touching. My creativity has been alongside me almost for as long as I can remember. It has been my light in the dark, my comfort in distress and my joy at all times.
    I was lucky to have chosen a creative career and now I’m striving hard to make it my way of life and supporting my living.
    I always believe creativity should be encouraged and allowed to blossom or shine – by oneself and others.

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