22 November, 2013

Friday Favourite - Spirals




This past summer I took the kids to the M.C. Escher exhibit at the Glenbow Museum. Cool enough for them, but they were more interested in the glowing rocks in the Minerals room and the crafts they always have in the ARC Discovery Room. And when we discovered that one of the activities was these Spiral Draws from Klutz I could hardly blame them.

A kissing cousin to the original Spirograph, this drawing toy pretty much means hours of fun. Seriously, we can all sit and create and colour for a long time. It brings back so many childhood joys for me, and is creating them in the girls.


And just look what they did with them at the Museum! You totally change the look when you selectively colour. I so love this. And then there is the bigger installation. Volunteers took each image drawn and coloured, cut them out, and were pasting them together.

Must try this in fabric...




Oh, and another note. M.C. Escher? Absolutely, insanely, incredible. My only experience with Escher was the posters every 18 year old boy put on his dorm wall in my university. But to see the original prints, woodcuts, and linocuts in person was phenomenal. I had no idea that most of the work was actually a woodcut or lithograph. Completely impressive.

9 comments:

Cheryl said...

I love spirographs. That installation of them all together would make an amazing quilt. You should totally do that.

elle said...

wow. This is impressive. I shall be looking for one for my grand kiddies!

Jan | Daisy Janie said...

Spirographs rule!! The collage is really fantastic, too!!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Spirograph addict here. Just chatting it up with a childhood friend who recalled that I had one of them and only a few weeks earlier I had been pricing Spirographs on EBay-they're very reasonable... Might have to have one more before I'm too arthritic to hold the marker pens...

Christina Lane | The Sometimes Crafter said...

How fun! I hadn't thought about Brice being a great age for this right now. I use to LOVE my spirograph. I think this will make a great Christmas gift. Also, seeing the drawings together reminds me of the cover on the Tile Quilt Revival book! Have you seen that one yet?

Elsa said...

This is amazing! Love what they've done with all the spirals. In fabric it would be incredible!

Jennyroo said...

Spirograph and Barbie Fashion Plates were the two toys that I always wished I had when I was a little girl!

I love the look of the cut out and layered circles. Gorgeous! Would make a great pillow or quilt top.

Leanne said...

I still have my spirograph set from when I was a kid, I think. I love patterns and it was the best. This looks like a great exhibit

sandra said...

I remember spirograph as I was growing up. So glad they kept it around!