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Zentangle Diva’s Challenge #201 – Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day

by Suzanne Fluhr on January 19, 2015 · 23 comments

My composition (tile) in recognition of Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.

(If you are sitting there scratching your head and wondering, Zen—what? who?, you may want to start here for my explanation of what it is and how I became addicted.)

This week, Laura Harms, the Zentangle Diva, has challenged us to use the moebius syndrome logo in a composition to promote Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day which is on January 24, 2015. Laura’s four and a half year old son was born with this very rare syndrome which is a congenital nerve disorder, affecting cranial nerves VI and VII which control lateral movement of the face, including the eyes. At the end of 2014, Laura’s son underwent surgery to correct crossed eyes (strabismus). Judging by the photographs, the surgery was quite successful.

Before participating in Laura’s weekly Zentangle inspired challenges, like most people, I had never heard of Moebius Syndrome. Now I at least have a clue. The Zentangle community is a very diverse group of tanglers from around the world with a wide range of interests, professions and life experiences. If you pay attention, you can learn a lot.

For my Moebius composition (tile), I relied on Laura’s moebius template. (Apparently, I totally suck at I’m not good at drawing infinity. Sometimes it makes sense not to reinvent the wheel — nor infinity). I used purple in recognition of Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day and I used Rick’s Paradox to tangle inside the symbol because this tangle often also appears to have no beginning nor end. I added Arukas by Mollie Hollenbaugh to shine the light of hope on the moebius symbol.

My composition (tile) in recognition of Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.

My composition (tile) in recognition of Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.

You can read about this week’s challenge and see how other tanglers responded at Laura’s website, I am the Diva.

To my US peeps who are observing Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today, I’m wishing more of us could be inspired by his example. Peace.

Have you gained anything other than an addiction to tangling from your participation in the Zentangle community? If you’re not a tangler, what, if anything, have you gained from an on-line community?

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Patti January 19, 2015 at 11:33 pm

I’m curious as to how long it took you to draw this?

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr January 19, 2015 at 11:42 pm

Patti, it probably took about 2.5 hours on and off. I’m kind of guessing and I was watching the news part of the time. I’m not picturing you tangling (doodling) in your alberga on the Camino de Santiago 🙂

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Patti January 21, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Probably not, probably I’ll drop at the end of each day, but I do always travel with my super special Crayola roll-up colored pencils and a pattern book!

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Ilse January 20, 2015 at 5:15 am

That’s a lovely and warm light you shine on the Moebius logo. I found it quite hard to draw the logo as well. Oh well, we’re not computers, right? 😉

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Lily January 20, 2015 at 7:13 am

Lovely tile Suzanne 🙂 I like the Arukas “Sun” too 🙂

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Lori Lavender Luz January 20, 2015 at 9:23 am

It’s a gorgeous design. Mesmerizing, really.

And yes to more peace :-).

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Suzanne Durville January 20, 2015 at 11:14 am

I never did Art (that’s with a capital “A”) because I just can’t seem to see things mentally in 3D, which makes Paradox an absolute nightmare. You’ve done such a nice job with it – and I love the sun…it creates such a peaceful feeling.

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr January 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Suzanne, it actually took me a long time to “conquer” paradox and then it suddenly clicked for me one day and now it’s fun!

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vicky January 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Lovely concept.

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Sandra January 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm

That’s a beautiful tile! I like the arukas-sun of hope you added 🙂
And your Paradox is so accurate, very nice!

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David Hunter January 20, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Love your Tile, Suzanne. Lovely design and colors. You’re doing great things with Paradox. Your Arukas shinning on the Mobius Logo is a wonderful Tribute to the Mobius Syndrome Foundation. Well done.

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LonettA January 21, 2015 at 11:40 am

So lovely tile with the Akuras-sun!

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Quinn January 21, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Wonderful tile! Your paradoxes are so neat, love the “light of hope”! I know what you mean about the ribbon. I used the “look/draw” method, look at hers…draw a line…look at hers…draw another line…it worked!

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Donald W January 21, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Suzanne, you have been way to hard on yourself in your comments on other blogs. You did a great job on Paradox. The addition of Akuras while minimalists is really a nice touch. Just curious. Do your prefer the twisted column to the fans in Paradox?

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Annemarie January 22, 2015 at 1:55 am

Paradox is very beautiful in the logo and the ‘sun’ is lovely next to it.
Peace is what the world needs, so let’s spread it around.

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Lynell January 22, 2015 at 3:28 am

The paradox inside the moebius is wonderfully done! Always enjoy reading your blog too!

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Suzanne Fluhr Suzanne Fluhr January 22, 2015 at 7:54 am

Thanks, Lynell, and thanks for reading my blog too! Some people say one should only cover one topic in a blog—ime. All travel or all zentangle, but the way I look at it, Zentangle is mind travel.

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bmlilith January 22, 2015 at 9:46 am

Nice tile. I like the way you included Arukas.

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Jean Chaney January 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Well, you know I love Paradox, so I enjoyed seeing it in the Moebius (which I used her template too). So nice to see Arukas as the sun shining on this piece. Great composition.

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Nat Wout January 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm

A very nice tile! You most certainly spent 3 hours doing well (2.5 for the tile and I guess more or less 1/2 an hour for the post… well, probably more)
I love that you explained your choices. I think I’m going to copy that. The Paradox is a great idea. Well done. A beautiful message too.

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Claire C January 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Great tile. And great minds think alike. I had used paradox too.

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Diane Clancy January 31, 2015 at 8:31 am

This is beautiful and I like the way the Arukas is the sun 🙂

~ Diane Clancy
http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/01/entry-moebius-syndrome-awareness-day-2015

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Maddy Resendes February 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Suzanne, you have become quite the artiste! I really enjoy gazing at your creations. They are mesmerizing, intriguing and complex enough to massage the brain. Kudos on this new area of exploration (zentangling) you have embarked upon. I’d say you’re halfway up Mt. Everest already!

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