Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Friday Night In



Boy do we know how to roll a weekend in, in style.

The Mr and I had come across the work of Tony Orrico for a project we were working on and the Mr has been plotting ever since. How to get his hands on BIG paper?



On Friday, he was chatting to his mate, George and before you could clear a living room floor, ginormous photographic backgrounds were rolled out and everyone was scrabbling about in drawers of odds and ends for bits of crayon.





Do you remember playing with a Spirograph set when you were a kid? That hypnotic whirling of the pen and cogs, creating all sorts of fabulous pattern? You'll need a greater level of fitness and buttock muscle and determination to become a Human Spirograph. But given half a chance, there is something incredibly meditative, about the repetition of pattern-making and getting into that zone that pushes beyond the aged-knees-bouncing-on-wooden-floor ache.



Can’t tell you how much I LOVE IT when things are turned on their head and the usual routine flies out the window!



I doubt we’ve heard the last of it. The Mr was heard muttering things about getting whole school classes involved...



Here’s how the original, PROFESSIONAL Human Spirograph does it:

57 comments:

Kirsty said...

V ENORMOUSLY cool! You guys should do this for your living room rug...on a piece of lino & then hand sewn over the lines.

I wish my mr would get excited about stuff like this! Golf is BORING.

nikkishell said...

OMG! This is amazing! Can i come to your house to play?

Mary said...

Fun fun fun.

6 yr old watching over the shoulder has 2 seconds into the video raced off saying where is the big paper I need it before my brain will splat. My living room floor might get cleaned today after all.

Tammy said...

Awesome! That sure is some workout that Tony did in the linked Vid!

Liesl said...

A work(out) of art - I adore it!

Kylie said...

OMG! I LOVE IT!!! How fabulous is this??!! I want to do it too. My Spirograph set was my favourite present of all time when I was a little-un... so utterly love this, Tania, and that you guys actually did it...! Well, my hat's off to you... everything's off to you, Mrs :) You guys are AMAZING :) Kx

p.s. bit cold with everything off here... think I'll get myself back together again ;)

Lola Nova said...

I am taping together the Mr.'s large blueprint paper at this very moment. I hope he doesn't need it for work...

Jo said...

Gawd, you people are too cool. Are you accepting adoption applications at the moment?

flowerpress said...

Mr and I trying to work out how to get the spirograph job. I love the standy up ones on his site.

Tas said...

I imagine that the projectile vomit post-turning adds a new dimension to the finished artwork :)

Seriously cool. Not showing my kids or they will moving to your house!

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

OH...that is so much better than twister!!

Mel said...

oh that is totally too cool. Can you guys adopt me? I seriously need to be one of your kids!

Kate said...

human spirograph- best child friendly activity ever.
seriously awesome.

Anonymous said...

Can we PLEASE do this at school?!?!

Cass said...

I love spirograph, I've still got one but no pens

Andi said...

Language Warning ...
FUCKING BRILLIANT!!

Jodie said...

Next friday night at yours ? I'll bring my own crayons.

Sarah said...

OMG that is so cool! We have to find BIG sheets here.

" me " said...

COOl !!!!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

you are all insanely, utterly, brilliant. what a family!

and the bit towards the end of the video - that guy is nuts. incredibly strong, evidently, but what kind of mind comes up with such a thing!?

my word is pingi. I'll stick with less exhausting activities...

Leah said...

Holy moly! Amazing!

Anna Bartlett said...

When I saw this I thought 'my life is complete'. How fabulous is that!

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

What a fabtastic thing to do ... amazing. Makes my buttocks hurt just watching the vid LOL!

Naturally Carol said...

Unbelievable!

Mama of 2 boys said...

Um. Utterly fabulous! What more can I say. I would be so down for some human spirograph action... it looks unreal :o)

Anonymous said...

That was amazing to watch. We loved it and then to see the kids doing it was even better. Wow! I loved catching up on your blog posts as usual. Great birds nest hairdo. Congratulations on the win young man. Loved the chair, looks great. Love you Mum XO

Linda said...

Oh my goodness!! What awesome fun!!!
xo

Julie said...

Love that! How cool!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I want to do that .

superkantastic.com said...

Just. Amazing.

june at noon said...

It looks quite a bit like an exercise we do that's based on swimming strokes. If it's anything like it, you definitely need strong back muscles to keep going! Looks like brilliant fun.

Kylie said...

What fun. I am coming to live at your place. Would be a great activity to do at a school camp or youth group as well:)

CurlyPops said...

Oh wow! I want to come to your house.

Anonymous said...

T
I suppose you're allowed to go over the lines...?

Sue said...

It puts playing Twister after dinner to shame.......

Creative Mom said...

My kids would love that! So much fun and creative what will you do with them?

Teek said...

OMG this is amazing!! As it is school holidays I think my girls would love to give this a try. Thanks for sharing
Tanya

Lexi:: PottyMouthMama said...

You two have officially moved to idol status. V cool. x

tea with lucy said...

you make my life seem so beige. can't wait to see what you guys could possibly come up with next.

Astrid said...

Amazing! Now, how about we Velcro you all to the wall and get some really unique wall paper? :)

Flaming Nora said...

That is seriously mental! I so need to do it.... NOW!

ecoMILF said...

so much fun. yes, what will you do with all of these fab lifesize designs and colours?

Madeline said...

Love, love, love it! I want to come over and play!

Fer (checking in when I can) said...

That's so brilliant! Looks like a great workout too. ♥

Margaret said...

Who needs Pilates when you have this?? what a cool clip... I think mine would be seriously wobbly, I can't imagine I'm coordinated enough to create a round circle!Mx

famfa said...

That is amazing. Want to have a go NOW!!!!! Thanks for sharing x

Nikki said...

Woohooooo! That's my kind of Friday night family entertainment!!

yardage girl said...

Very, very cool - I want to do it NOW! Genius!

Hayley Egan said...

I love this family. like, LOVE.

silverpebble said...

Just ace.

Sandrine said...

Now that is Fun in the house!! Can I send you my two, if you feed them enough sweet stuff they will spin all night for you!:)
How do you store the paper???they look giant from here!
x

mel @ loved said...

How much fun!!!

Pink Ronnie said...

Haha, so awesome. Hope to do this with my boys one day when they're a little older!
Ronnie xo

Cat said...

Epps ... this looks like fun!!!! And the resulting "art" is really rad too!

♥ Cat brideblu

Megan.K. said...

Awesome!

pedalpower said...

Oh shoot! This is fantastic! Now I feel the need to find some reallly big paper too!

pedalpower said...

I have to say...I need to do this for other reasons as well. My goodness, if this is the way he got in shape...then sign me up!