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  • Claire Gillespie

Breaking Barriers: Cultivating Creativity in the Cardboard Shed

A family steps into the Cardboard Shed, ready to embark on a journey of creativity and exploration together. But as they enter, the dad hesitates, voicing his discomfort with a simple declaration:


"I'm not creative."


Undeterred, his wife and children eagerly dive into the array of cardboard and tools, their hands itching to bring their ideas to life. Meanwhile, I offer a gentle encouragement to the hesitant dad, assuring him that there are no rules or judgments in this creative space.


As the family immerses themselves in the cardboard wonderland, something magical begins to unfold. Over the next two hours, the dad's initial reluctance melts away as he delves into the cardboard, experimenting with shapes and structures. With each piece he cuts and folds, a sense of determination takes hold, driving him to overcome obstacles and find solutions.


I observe him, witnessing his transformation from uncertainty to confidence. With each careful decision and adjustment, he breathes life into his creation—a magnificent cardboard tractor that stands as a testament to his newfound creativity.


But the magic doesn't end there. His daughters are eager to join in and add their own touches to the tractor with splashes of colorful paint.


As the family admires their handiwork, I can't help but marvel at the scene before me. Not bad for someone who once doubted his own creativity.





But why do we doubt ourselves in the first place?


Why do we label ourselves as "not creative" before even giving ourselves a chance to explore and experiment?


In the Cardboard Shed, we believe that creativity knows no bounds. It's not about being born with a certain talent or skill—it's about embracing the process, allowing ourselves the freedom to try, fail, and try again. It's about tapping into the innate creativity that lies within each of us and unleashing it in unexpected ways.


So, the next time you find yourself hesitating, questioning your own creativity, remember the dad in the Cardboard Shed. Remember how he defied his own doubts and created something he and his family were truly proud of.


And who knows? You might just surprise yourself with what you're capable of when you let go of those self-imposed limitations and embrace the endless possibilities of creativity.

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