30 Nov '12, 2pm

Artist crochets fabulous playgrounds for kids

Artist crochets fabulous playgrounds for kids

Once upon a time, Japanese-born fiber artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam was exhibiting a large crochet sculpture in a gallery in Japan, when children started playing on the piece. Three years later, MacAdam completed her first large-scale crochet for kids. The lovely, loopy play structures have been a hit ever since. The whimsical net structures offer children an explosion of color, texture and the bounciness of net — no cold metal or lifeless plastic here. Happiness ensues! In 1990, Toshiko and her husband, Charles MacAdam, established Interplay Design and Manufacturing in Nova Scotia, Canada, to develop the concept of play "sculptures" on a commercial scale. The first project was for a national park located in Tokyo. The children’s park-in-a-park won a national design award in 1992. To this day the project continues to offer thrills and delight to the children lucky to pla...

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