'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Friday, 26 April 2013

Tactile Drawing Invention

James Gurney, artist and illustrator of the 'Dinotopia' books, has posted about a great, although simple little invention: The Lensen Tactile Drawing Kit.
I was fascinated and thought how useful this could be for the sight impaired.

As the pen is pulled over the page, a spindle unwinds wool which is drawn out and sticks itself to the velcro surface.  This creates a tactile drawing that is 'feelable' to those who don't see well.  The uses are numerous and beyond just art.  For example, as shown on the video clip, cursive writing can be created,  geometry shapes and other maths too.

And it's just made of wood!

  Video link

Here is the link to their 'Start some Good' crowdfunding page.
There are only nine days to go for them to reach their target.


  1. That is a cunning bit of kit.

  2. What a simple and effective idea.

  3. What a wonderful idea - and like many wonderful ideas, so simple you wonder why nobody thought of it before!