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Chapter 8: A world of play

“Those who played survived, adapted, and developed skills and capacities that their ancestors could never have imagine.” “Play has always been a key to adaption and survival, and I believe it will remain so in the future.” Page 197 After reading […]

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Chapter 7: Is there a dark side to play?

It’s hard to say a definite yes or no, it depends on the circumstance. The first issue that is discussed in the chapter is bullying, which isn’t play at all. We all know the feeling of being teased when it’s […]

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Chapter 6: Playing Together

“Those who play together stay together” page 158 Quick, play with your friends and partner to make sure you stay together. That’s what this phrase says to me. Chris and I are going to go swimming tonight to stay together! […]

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Swifts: DAY 3

Working in our individual studios we meet three times in the day. Here are our individual reflections and thoughts from the day’s actions and events. Louisa Chambers: Stopping all distractions today by turning off all digital devices (including the radio) […]

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Swifts: DAY 1

Swifts: A Virtual Residency Day 1: Monday Today we started this short 3-day virtual residency. All working in our individual studios we meet three times in the day. Here are our individual reflections and thoughts from the day’s actions and […]

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Chapter 5: The opposite to work is play

This chapter focusses on work and our life responsibilities. We feel that work is serious, if we’re playing we will be seen to not be taking work seriously, not working hard enough or focusing on the task in hand. Not […]

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Chapter 4: Parenthood is child’s play

Chapter 4: Parenthood is child’s play “We grow out of childhood and leave behind “childish things”. We feel that we shouldn’t act this way anymore, and get a sort of wilful amnesia for pure play experiences.” Page 78 I don’t feel […]

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Play by Stuart Brown: Chapter 1 and 2

Play by Stuart Brown, M.D., with Christopher Vaughan I love this book. It is so insightful into play. What I’m really pleased about is it covers adults and not just children. I think it’s really important for adults to continue […]

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I am Playing.

An introduction to ‘I am Playing’ – two playful research trips funded by a-n Artist Bursaries 2019.
By Elena Brake

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positioning(2)

following on from yesterday i’ve been working a little more on the website and there seems to be something emerging.  i have done a lot with lines. i cover this in the play section of the site.       […]

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positioning

bonkers weather for the time of year – needed to document that for when i go back over this later in the year.   recently i’ve given my website a make over and i pleased with where it’s ended up.  […]

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working with it

reflecting this morning about the final session of a royal academy / artists rooms funded project at derby museums has placed me in a reflective space about the post i made last night. firstly i reflect that when tired i […]

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beyond disturbance

on my mind of late has been my practice –  i’m close to beginning the commission from the museum of making at derby silk mill. it is refreshing to be moving towards doing more within my practice. my practice is […]

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i’m reviewing the situation

as a boy the film oliver had a huge impact upon me – especially fagin played by ron moody.  i would spend hours doing the actions with my hands – i was told this when i was older.  as we […]

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working out of block :

this is nice – a wednesday morning and i sit down to write a blog post.  on radio 4 is a dialogue between male politician and female reporter, electoral fraud was mentioned briefly however my focus is on the renewed […]

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reflection

recently my posting here has been around myself and my life – a sign of how i’ve been distracted away from my artistic concerns.  there has been thinking about it going on and experience shows that thinking alone leaves me with nothing to […]

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top tip starting

i glance over to the window – the afternoon sun lighting up  **** phone rings ***** sometime later its getting dark now, my earlier happy mood further helped by a really positive phone call that potentially will led into something […]

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Floor Perspectives

For my second session I wanted to focus on a practice plate spinning area and used the climbing frame as a curtain with different textured materials draped, framing sections of the structure. From the intro session the blue and red […]

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Spinning Round & Around

I have been developing my performance practice working with families & children in public & private, domestic spaces. In 2016 I performed #work a performance that involved my family within a domestic set where I first used a spinning plate. This was […]

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