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Hope for M. C. Escher
June 4th, 2008

I just got an email from someone at the M. C. Escher Company in the Netherlands! He had just received an email I sent about licensing Escher’s work on April 11 — 7 weeks ago! That was the latest of a series of emails I’ve been sending to various email addresses since May 17 of last year. I’ve also tried faxing but their fax machine never answers. Of course there’s always the mail and I would probably have tried that as a last resort but I presumed I was just getting the cold shoulder. It’s not unusual for one email to get lost — but 6 or 7? I often tell people that when we have to license art, it’s a time-consuming process. This is an example.

But now there is a real person at the other end and maybe we’ll be able to offer some Escher charts before too long, if we can agree on terms. Keep your fingers crossed!

I shouldn’t reproduce any Eschers here without license but there is a nice gallery on the official website.  Look on the left near the bottom for “Picture Gallery”.



6 Responses to “Hope for M. C. Escher”
  1. From Julie T
    9 years, 5 months ago

    Just great! You are out to ruin me. I have three lovely children (okay, they are all technically adults, whatever), and two thirds of them have already put in thier SQ requests, the other one wasn’t even remotely interested. But wait…..she is huge Escher fan. So now guess what? I will be forced to be in the front of the line when those new charts are available. *Sigh* I will be stitching with Miss Scarlet for the rest of my days.


  2. From Rifestitch
    9 years, 5 months ago

    Well, that’s really interesting!!! I love Escher stuff, but have always been drawn to try to recreate it in wood, were I so talented. When I lived in England, a girlfriend of one of the guys I worked with had made a very Escher-esque table out of walnut & pine (light & dark wood) – think of his Sky & Water and Metamorphosis pieces – where she pretty much made a huge jigsaw puzzle with a band saw, and finished it into a table top. It was an amazing thing. Maybe I should just stick with what I know…

    Fingers crossed that you can do some conversions! On a slightly unrelated note, I saw a blog post the other day with the Escher work Relativity http://mcescher.com/Gallery/back-bmp/LW389.jpg recreated in Legos – it was quite brilliant! Wish I could find a big shot of that to print out.


  3. From Meredith
    9 years, 5 months ago

    Apparently my email back to the Netherlands with the details of the licensing request has been eaten by their spam filters. I did manage to get a fax sent this time, though, by leaving a zero out of the published fax number. Although until I hear back, I have no idea where the fax really went!


  4. From fenny
    9 years, 5 months ago

    That would be fantastic, grew up with Escher and think he made very special pictures and hope this will work!! Have a great book about him, how he made them and some of his posters hang in the boys room. Like Julie said stitching with Miss Scarlet, but it is worth it!


  5. From Amy
    9 years, 4 months ago

    I finally found some Escher patterns from a place in Canada. The selection is limited though. I did contact the official Escher site and they told me that they weren’t aware of any patterns out there. I hope you’ll be able to get some soon. I’ve done three so far and am anxious to do more.


  6. From Chuck
    8 years, 2 months ago

    Hi – Is there any more recent update on the situation with Escher?





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