The Fun Doctor – a journey into playfulness

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We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

George Bernard Shaw

Playfulness is intrinsic to our nature as humans. I believe it essential throughout our whole lives, not just in childhood. This blog is about rediscovering playfulness, taking a practical look at what it is, how it manifests and what limits it. This is my recorded journey as an illustrator who delights in the playful, joyful and amusing. I hope it generates a ripple of fun!

Tracy Spiers

Dr. Fun Blog Timeline

  • Co-creating
    I realise that my playfulness, creative process and the art I produce have similar threads to Dada and I can relate to the ‘readymades’ Marcel Duchamp and his peers brought into the art arena. Whether it is a security alarm, empty rope holder, mechanism on a sewing machine, basket-ball net, door lock or tin-opener, I… Continue reading Co-creating
  • The Golden Ticket
    Charlie picked it up and tore off the wrapper …and suddenly …from underneath the wrapper …there came a brilliant flash of gold. Charlie’s heart stood still.  “It’s a Golden Ticket!” screamed the shopkeeper, leaping about a foot in the air. “You’ve got a Golden Ticket! You’ve found the last Golden Ticket!” I personally believe that… Continue reading The Golden Ticket
  • Light bulb moments
    We all need those light bulb or Eureka moments. In Greek, Eureka literally means ‘I have found it,’ and was famously shouted by Archimedes in his bathtub, when he discovered the core principle of buoyancy. In 1666, the sight of an apple falling to the ground at his family’s estate in Lincolnshire, inspired Cambridge University… Continue reading Light bulb moments
  • Entering the play-world
    As I begin to embrace playfulness and attempt to recapture a childlike sense of wonder, I do recognise that humour is a key part of my playfulness. There is a teasing element to what I do as I play with words and objects, changing them or taking them out of context to give them status… Continue reading Entering the play-world
  • Living Playfully
    I have been thinking about what I do and why I do it. For me, playfulness is a way of living. It is not the same as play, which is generally considered an activity and has an end, or as the 20th century philosopher Johan Huizinga in his 1949 infamous book, ‘Homo Ludens: A Study of… Continue reading Living Playfully