Escher and the Vinyl Cutter


I have finished my video for the short movie exhibit at the Bridges Math/Art 2014 Conference in Seoul, South Korea. I use my software and a vinyl cutter to decorate my school office window with tessellations. Hop David was kind enough to give me permission to do a morphing vinyl decal of his Rams tessellation. The video also features original tessellations from Alain Nicolas and a famous lizard design by M.C. Escher (All the Escher images are (c) M.C. Escher Company B.V.)

Once again I use music by Kevin MacCleod at

Alain’s gallery of new tessellations can be found at

Hop David has a gorgeous painting of his tessellating Rams morphing into  a realistic desert scene.

If you would like to learn more about morphing tessellations see the following two papers by Craig Kaplan:

                                 Curve Evolution Schemes for Parquet Deformations

                                                Metamorphosis in Escher's Art

The definite (and best) book about M. C. Escher and tessellations is “M. C. Escher: Visions of Symmetry” by Dr. Doris Schattschneider.

errata: There are 13 Heesch tile types that can be perfectly two colored, not 11 as I claim in the video.