Fuller Craft Museum is pleased to present Playtime in the Making, a multimedia art installation that explores the vital role of free play in creative thinking. The inventive project was developed by artist team Tommy Simpson, Karen LaFleur, Marlow Shami, and Nancy Tucker, with guest artists Jim Fawcett and Randy Gilman. The collaborative came together to investigate the questions: What does play look like, and where does it reside within the creative process?
Their response—Playtime in the Making —takes a “the more you look, the more you see” approach, with fanciful elements that guide viewers through the four stages of the creative thinking process: preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification. Visitors are invited to explore the installation from beginning to end, following the clues to make connections and unlock new portals to the imagination. From ladders that climb to colorful stars, to seafaring vessels, to fanciful creatures, the tableau sparks curiosity and promotes learning through discovery.
Playtime in the Making artists firmly believe that we are all creative beings. Together, we ask you to take a chance and begin. Play with possibilities. Welcome that “eureka” moment. And finally, share your experience and findings with others.
Fuller Craft Museum thanks the Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation and Caroline R. Graboys Fund for their generous support of Playtime in the Making. We further acknowledge the talented artist team who brought Playtime in the Making to Fuller Craft. They continue to dazzle us with their artistic skill, collaborative spirit, and playful sense of adventure.