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Thread: M.C. Escher and his drawings of 3D. Could reproduce?

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    M.C. Escher and his drawings of 3D. Could reproduce?

    The artist M.C. Escher did some amazing 3-D work! Totally unbelievable. I have his book and am trying to figure out how to make a quilt using one of his designs. If anyone knows his work, any ideas on which picture I would be able to do without too many problems? I think if you put his name in the search engine, his work would pop up. I think if I made a quilt from his work, it would be so totally baffling (in a good way). And I don't know if I have to get any permission to use his work. It's been reproduced by many book companies so I wouldn't know who to ask. But, please, look up his work and see if it is do-able.
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    You can find a few of his drawings here. You need to click on the picture to see it bigger. http://www.mcescher.com/Gallery/gallery-recogn.htm And I think I need permission.
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    All of Escher's work is still under copyright protection. For that reason, it cannot be reproduced in any medium. Sorry. It's quite easy to design your own tessellations and would make your quilt much more personal.
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    If you have EQ7 a basic drawing could be made of the designs and then by changing the lines to form blocks it would work. Some years ago I wrote to the publisher of one of Escher's books asking if I could make a quilt of one of the drawings and was given permission to use the designs to make fabric reproductions for personal use. No expiration date on the permission so I guess I still have it. I never did make one.
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    it generally is a simple thing to write to and ask permission to use work such as this---for your personal use- it would not cover showing it on the internet- or selling it- but you could obtain permission and make a quilt for your own pleasure.
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    They even have a form to ask permission on the official website
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    I thought someone had done a book on Escher-type quilts, been a while, not remembering clearly. Google "Escher quilts".

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    Looks likw too much trouble to me. Good luck if you can.
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    Amazing drawings and great talent. Just let them inspire you to create your own work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    All of Escher's work is still under copyright protection. For that reason, it cannot be reproduced in any medium. Sorry. It's quite easy to design your own tessellations and would make your quilt much more personal.
    It would only be applicable if she were to sell the pattern or the quilt. If she was making a quilt for herself there is no problem. Copyright laws are in place to prevent people from profiting from the works of others, personal and private use is not an issue.
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    wow i looked it up and there are some amazing Escher style quilts.....
    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I thought someone had done a book on Escher-type quilts, been a while, not remembering clearly. Google "Escher quilts".

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    We own "Drawing Hands", framed and on the wall, and We have both "Concave Convex" and I think "Relativity" somewhere still rolled up in a tube holder waiting to be framed. LOVE M C Escher's work and can't wait to see what you might come up with. Good luck!

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    In a life long ago I was also a teacher ... mostly math at Junior High/ Middle School or High School.

    You can easily make your own Escher designs fairly easily if you are talking about something like the birds design.

    Start with a square of paper. Whatever you subtract fom one side or cut away you put on the opposite side. so those sides will snug up close. My kids loved doing this in math and in JH/MS did the coloring or design in art class.

    Hope this is clear, if not, let me know.\

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    I will try and get permission. I think I can not do what he did, but I could do something similar that is much more easy to make. I love the drawing hands. I was thinking about the angels and demons only making angels a little different so I could make something other than demons to go with it. Demons don't seem too quilty like. Maybe I could make just a man. Any way, thank you! Jeanne
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    All of Escher's work is still under copyright protection. For that reason, it cannot be reproduced in any medium. Sorry. It's quite easy to design your own tessellations and would make your quilt much more personal.
    This is silly and If I had the talent to do so I would not hesitate for a second to reproduce a quilt for MY own use. My own use does not hurt the copyright in anyway .....

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    I think some of them would make beautiful quilts and would be a fun learning experience. Thanks for the link. I would love to do the swan one but Ido not have the talent or patience.
    I hope you try it,Good Luck.
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    Karen Combs has several books that show you how to make quilts with optical illusions and how to add depth to the blocks and quilts. Very talented quilt artist.

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