Understanding playfulness

I am also trying to understand how I use playfulness and arrive at it in my own work. There is definitely an intentionality about it. For example in this current playful project, I go out to look, I find an unsuspecting object, take it out of context, turn it into something else and then with… Continue reading Understanding playfulness

Playful and profound

I have been questioning my own practice and how I work. My inspiration comes from what I see around me, often an object or thing that catches my attention. But it has led me to wonder where my playfulness originates. Do I see the potential of playfulness in something or do I use my attitude… Continue reading Playful and profound

Where playfulness manifests

My supervisors have sent me the challenge of widely researching where, how and by whom playfulness is manifested in today’s world. Whilst I dig deep into the world of academic papers and books, I thought to keep my own personal playfulness alive, I would set myself a challenge. As Lent starts today, I thought I… Continue reading Where playfulness manifests

Childhood play & adult creativity

Put shaving foam in a baking tray, add acrylic ink blobs, move them around, place a piece of paper on top and LIFT OFF! I have been reading Patrick Bateson and Paul Martin’s book ‘Play, Playfulness, Creativity and Innovation’ and was struck by their chapter, Childhood play and creativity where they pose the question, ‘does play in childhood enhance… Continue reading Childhood play & adult creativity

The Snap Back Theory

It’s always good to write down what you think about something before you start a process and then test it at the end to see if you still think that way. We all have our own theories and thoughts about different issues, but it is in the testing that our theory is either proved or… Continue reading The Snap Back Theory

Bubble Play

In his book, Play Matters, Miguel Sicart maintains that playfulness and play are different. He believes that play is an activity as opposed to playfulness, which he states is an attitude. “An activity is a coherent and finite set of actions performed for certain purpose, while an attitude is a stance toward an activity –… Continue reading Bubble Play

The Journey Begins

Why study playfulness? I landed on earth as man landed on the moon. Not one for direction-following, I arrived feet first and have liked to do things differently ever since. The inquisitive ‘what ifs’ that Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean is so good at, have got me into a few spots of trouble in the past.… Continue reading The Journey Begins