Creative Family Series | Miranda Makes

by , posted on August 22nd, 2012 in creative family series

Today I’m excited to introduce you to one of the loveliest souls around, Miranda from Miranda Makes. Miranda is a gifted artist whose love for family comes through in both her family life and her art. She makes the blend of the two look effortless.

I’m thrilled to have her today. I deeply appreciate Miranda’s thoughtful and purposeful approach to parenting, her candor and especially her thoughts on creativity.

How would define creativity?

Creativity is the essential component in bringing an idea to life. Creativity isn’t easy. It takes nerve, persistence and skill. It’s kind of uncomfortable and scary. There is a lot of failure along the way. It’s also worth it.

Have you always considered yourself creative?

I have always had a lot of ideas. I was lucky enough to have parents who would follow my lead and buy me materials, sign me up for classes and give me space and time to experiment and play.

How do you nurture your own creativity?

Since becoming a mother, I don’t have the kind of endless time that I used to to make things. Now, I often think and plan throughout the day so that I can dive into a project as soon as I have a minute during naptime. One way that I have nurtured my creativity in recent years is with my blog. I am able to write and post pictures and projects there. It’s a nice way to remind myself that I am, in fact, getting more than just the laundry done in a day.

Did you grow up in a creative household? If so, what were some of the ways your parents nurtured your creativity and curiosity?

My mom dabbled in drawing and painting growing up, so we shared that interest. My Dad and I talked a lot about books and philosophy. I’d say I came from a family of thinkers. They were always supportive of my creative pursuits, providing me with materials and art classes, then ultimately agreeing to send me to Maryland Institute, College of Art. (I’d call that supportive!)

How do you nurture it in your children?

I think the greatest gift I can give my children is space and time to explore and play in a calm, inspiring and orderly environment. We don’t watch TV and we spend a lot of time at home. I make sure art supplies are always available and organized. I am very picky about what comes into our home. We have mostly open-ended playthings, so they are able to weave together stories of their own during play. It is during unstructured playtime when the mind wanders and the foundation of creativity is set.

What are some of your favorite ways to spend time together as a family?

We all love wandering our neighborhood. We live in Fells Point, so there is always something going on or someone to hang out with. I also love being at home. Nursing the baby in the living room and reading a book, while my husband cooks dinner and my daughter and stepson draw at the kitchen table. My favorite moments are the ordinary ones.

How have you been able to integrate work with pursuing your creative passions?

I’m a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, so my work kind of is my creative passion. I have also been able to work with mostly family oriented clients, so my life feels very integrated. I work about 5-10 hours a week these days, while staying home with my children.

What are you working on now?

I recently started a little business, house love, creating custom home illustrations. I had been integrating more and more of my own illustrations into my graphic design work in recent years, so this feels like a natural progression.

From time to time everyone’s creative juices wane. How do you handle that? Does it cause you any anxiety or do you just let it pass?

I suppose I just let it pass. Having been either pregnant or nursing for the last 4 years, sometimes I am just too tired to be creative. I get frustrated sometimes, thinking of all the things I won’t have time to do, or all the projects or jobs I have had to turn down, but ultimately, I am lucky to be doing what I want to be doing. I am caring for my children and squeezing in the other creative work when I can. There are seasons in life, and right now, most of my energy goes to my family. And I’m okay with that!

You can find Miranda on her blog and at her shop. You can also hire Miranda (you’d be smart too!) for graphic design work. How crazy talented is she?!

Would you like to share your thoughts on creativity? Give me a shout! We’d love to hear about you and your family!

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2 Responses to “Creative Family Series | Miranda Makes”

  1. Miranda Makes Says:

    August 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks so much for having me, Jen! :)

  2. Elizabeth Says:

    August 24th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    “My favorite moments are the ordinary ones.” Well said. All the time James and I spent overseas, my very favorite moments were having tea on the balcony in the morning, something we’ll be able to do again very soon. :)

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