Photography by Marisol Da Silva
Before having my daughter, I had only been in contact with a handful of babies – all from a distance. So, naturally, I believed the stereotypes – you know, those about babies spending their first year sleeping, eating and pooping. When I found out that I was pregnant, the learning curve was steep. VERY steep. And the more I learned, the more I realized that my baby was not going to lie there helpless, but was going to interact and learn from everything I was going to present to her; and that whatever that was, would have to be very meaningful.
Before Adèle was born, my husband and I did a lot of research and decided to follow some ideas from Montessori educational philosophy, especially those concerning space and visual thinking. And based on that, I started to think about different creative activities I could do with the baby. Being an artist, visual learning is an important part of my life, and I wanted to share that with our daughter. After all, our world is filled with visual information, and allowing babies to experience creativity from the start will help them become creative thinkers – an indispensable trait.
As Adèle grew, my personal ideas about parenting and art evolved. Without even knowing it, I was using attachment parenting and natural parenting practices. In the first year postpartum I didn’t have much time to create art, but I did have the time to think and the idea for this blog came out of those ruminations.
With this blog I want to create an inspiring online space for sharing my ideas and experiences in Art, Education and Natural Parenting. My hope is that you will find it useful and helpful and that it will give you ideas about making your days with your children more creative. Please contact me if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions at RainyDaySunnyPlay@gmail.com.
A little about me:
*My name is Nino and it’s not short for anything. I was named after Saint Nino so I have a lot to live up to.
*I am a civil war refuge from Georgia – the country, not the state.
*When I was ten, I tried to teach myself Italian because I dreamt of living in Italy. I also dreamt of living in a castle. Life works in mysterious ways because we now live in a real castle in Italy!
*My husband, daughter and I move around quite a bit. Because of our bohemian life style we don’t have any pets, but saved and found safe homes for quite a few animals, birds and insects.
*I love collaborations. If you’d like to work with me, send me a note at: RainyDaySunnyPlay@gmail.com.
*I have an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts and taught Filmmaking and Animation for almost 10 years. In spite of this, we do not own a TV and limit all screen time use for the entire family.
*I like products that are sustainable and long-lasting.
*I breastfeed my daughter on demand – i.e. whenever/wherever and am allowing her to self-wean at her own rhythm.
*We don’t have any sugar or sweeteners at home other than rice malt syrup that I use for my daily home-made hot chocolate. While she has never tasted candy nor chocolate, Adèle helps me make it every morning.
*I love making art for children and with children.
*I received an Award in Art Education from the President of USA. I am also an internationally exhibiting artist and my work is in museum and private permanent collections.
*I love making art. Here is some of my work: http://www.ninography.com
Thank you for reading and visiting my blog.
With warmth and gratitude,
Photography by Marisol Da Silva