As the museum’s marketing staff was getting ready to do a photo shoot for the cover of the Fall 2012 edition of Connect newsletter, they came upon Holly Hagen’s Etsy shop. Her handmade superhero capes, masks and other accessories embodied the creativity the museum works hard to engage kids in every day. In honor of September being creativity month at the museum, we asked Holly to write a guest blog post about how she got started in her creative outlet of making kids’ capes! Holly is based in Maryland, and you can find her super cool capes at www.creativecapes.com.
Creativity is a developmental tool that is often overlooked or undervalued by our hectic society. When you stop and think, you realize how important it is in making us who we are at very early stages of childhood. Creative play establishes a safe environment to encourage us to explore and discover our true spirit (calling) as we grow into fulfilled individuals. How bland would be the world without the individual choices to be a teacher, scientist, firefighter, artist, doctor, banker or a construction worker?
I personally have been fortunate growing up in a supportive environment where my artistic abilities could bloom. Encouraged at a very young age, it was clear art would be a large part of my individuality. From homemade valentines to art projects for school, from college degree in visual communication to 23 years working in a graphic design studio, I have followed my star.
The latest creative outlet is building my own craft business. I make personalized superhero capes and accessories for kids of all ages to help them find the hero within. It is so rewarding to see all these young faces light up as they slip on their cape and mask transforming them into Super Max, Super Amy, Super Jack. Instantly they are filled with pride and empowerment. They are destined to save the day and be your hero! I find many positive things come from my superhero creations- building self-esteem, encouraging active play without the use of batteries and electronics, tapping into the right side of their brain and building their creative brain power. This will serve them well with problem solving abilities.
Who needs another Batman look alike when you can be your own hero? Enjoy the adventure finding the hero within.
Holly Hagen, Founder of Creative Capes
Find me on Facebook under Creative Capes