Daniel Mack



The opposite of Play is NOT Work. It is depression.      Brian Sutton-Smith

In times of Destruction, Create Something. 

Maxine Kingston

In times of Creation, Destroy Something.   


Play is the ability to Dissolve and Coagulate   


PLAY  is Contemplative Making

PLAY  is about Loose Parts

PLAY  is about Making Imaginal Artifacts

PLAY  is about carving Anima

PLAY  is recoginzing Totem animals

Recent Play Times 


for/with Omega Staff,


DRIFTWOOD PLAY on the Hudson   

SAND PLAY, Paros, Greece

Woodlanders Gathering

NaturePlay           report   


School Garden             Pre-School

Spirit into Matter Show

More about PLAY:

* the creative process and common natural materials.

* learning about human nature from nature

* "ordinary creativity"-- that energy we all have and use to make our lives everyday. 

* an exploration of the needs, costs and benefits of tendencies we all have towards expressing the ungovernable, the untoward and the contrary parts of ourselves. But it is not just about the maker. It's an attitude towards the making of objects... Or perhaps, it's learning  that objects get themselves made through us. Objects "matter" themselves into existence through humans and that there are old ways that effect this.  Some call them "archetypes."


* about ways of seeing, ways of being and ways of doing and the changing mix of all three. This means that there is no first way, best way or one way.It'sd about finding the Ways-of-the-Moment into a other parts of our s'elves.  Here are a few dozen such ways. I as I'm collecting and writing about... I am just another elocution of these realities. m now writing this material on-line. I did not create or invent any of the idea.

He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

- St. Francis of Assis


The Wayward Artist is the central character in PLAY.  S/he's the artist-in-residence in us all. S/he must make.S/he makes things, dinner, his way, appointments, deals and trouble. What s/he makes are imaginal artifactsHmmm, gender differences?

What's "Wayward"? short for awayward, turned away, from away

following one's own capricious, wanton, or depraved inclinations : UNGOVERNABLE  "a wayward child"

following no clear principle or law UNPREDICTABLEThree figures carved out of bark

opposite to what is desired or expected  UNTOWARD

Synonym: positively, pleasantly contrary    


It's taken me years to figure some of this out.  Every so often, tucked in between sets of chairs, beds and tables, I'd find myself making something "else". Something that wasn't really a chair or a table. After years of "elses", I began to see certain patterns and themes in these objects.   

WHY Anima?

They have something to say about the many aspects of our s'elves: some preferred, some hidden away, all with influence. At the moment, Anima, is the word associated with them.

There's also something about the Croning time of life.