The past decade has witnessed a renaissance of interest in the kaleidoscope as a dynamic art form. Invented in 1816 by Sir David Brewster, a Scottish scientist and philosopher, it was originally labeled an instrument of philosophy and intended as a design tool for artists and others who worked with patterns. Like quilts, kaleidoscopes retain a relationship to the tradition from which they descend. Contemporary scopemakers have created a new state of the art by combining their tradition with modern technology.

Becoming a kaleidoscope aficionado has made me more adaptable and creative both artistically and intellectually. The notion that there is no absolute, correct, best selection -- that my fabric choices today will be different from ones made tomorrow -- is very liberating.  After all, a breathtaking collision of color in a scope will manuever into something different, something slightly new, during even the instant it takes me to hand it to you.

The Brewster Society, is an international organization of designers, collectors, and lovers of kaleidoscopes.


Explore my Kaleidoscope Gallery and find out how to order one of your own.