Beatrix Potter drawings reproduced for blind children

Beatrix Potter drawings reproduced for blind children

A part-time artist from Flintshire has been given permission to reproduce Beatrix Potter"s famous drawings so that blind people can enjoy them.

For the 111 years that the drawings have been copyrighted, very few people have been allowed to use them commercially and they have never been redesigned.

But worldwide merchandising agent for Beatrix Potter, Chorion, has made an exception.

Colin Antwis, a former civil engineer from Mold, will remodel the characters by drawing them on heat-sensitive paper with a thick black pen.

When warm, the lines drawn rise to form a 3D model forming Braille-like pictures.

The problem for Mr Antwis was making the drawings tactile, as Potter"s subtle, intricate drawings would be difficult to reproduce for blind children to enjoy.

He said: "In order to translate their magic to people who were exploring them by touch, I had to retrace them to make the lines stronger and more defined, as well as taking away some of the more fiddly detail."

Potter"s drawings are so well-renowned that an original watercolour sold for £289,250 at a London auction.

by Adrian Galbreth

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