“Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest will take care of itself.”
January is a time for self-reflection and new beginnings. We think about the year that’s passed while imagining how we will be our best selves in the year to come. Along with the perennial resolutions of eating healthier foods and getting more exercise, many of us hope that we will take time for ourselves to explore, learn, and create. Creativity comes in many forms, from literature and architecture to landscape design, woodworking, and paper collage. May the materials below provide inspiration, no matter what you hope to make this year.
At the Arboretum
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“Imagine starting your life’s work at seventy-two. At just that age, Mary Granville Pendarves Delany... a fan of George Frideric Handel, a sometime dinner partner of satirist Jonathan Swift, a wearer of green-hooped satin gowns and a fiercely devoted subject of blond King George III, invented a precursor of what we know as collage. One afternoon in 1772 she noticed how a piece of colored paper matched the dropped petal of a geranium. After making that vital imaginative connection between paper and petal, she lifted the eighteenth century equivalent of an X-Acto blade… With the instrument alive in her still rather smooth-skinned hand, she began to maneuver, carefully cutting the exact geranium petal shape from the scarlet paper. Then she snipped out another.” --Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: An Artist [Begins her Life’s Work] at 72
The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock
New Treehouses of the World by Pete Nelson
The Soul of a Tree: A Woodworker’s Reflections by George Nakashima
In the Garden: Blooming Stories edited by John and Kirsten Miller
Resources for Young Readers
Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages by Sharon Lovejoy
Kids’ Container Gardening: Year-Round Projects for Inside and Out by Cindy Krezel and Bruce Curtis*
Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities by Kimberly Monaghan*
*Access the Library’s e-books by entering the number on the back of your Sterling Morton Library card