moebius syndrome awareness day

This Friday is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day (MSAD). For her 201st challenge, Laura Harms invited us to tangle either using the symbol of the Moebius Syndrome Foundation’s logo, or tangle a moebius strip out of paper, and, if we want, to include the colour purple, the colour for MSAD.

Before knowing about Artoo, I’d never heard of Moebius Syndrome. It’s a syndrome affecting primarily cranial nerves 6 and 7. For those of you who don’t know, cranial nerve 6 controls movement of the eyes to the sides, while cranial nerve 7 controls the muscles for facial movement (e.g. smiling, grimacing, closing the eyes, closing the mouth). Cranial nerve 7 has other more minor functions as well, including toleration of loud or high-pitched noises, taste to the front 2/3 of the tongue, production of tears and saliva, and sensation to a small area around the ear.

Moebius Syndrome is a spectrum with varying degrees of severity. These are other features, taken from the Moebius Syndrome Foundation’s website:

Other cranial nerves may be affected, especially the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th and 12th.  There may be skeletal involvement causing hand/feet anomalies and/or club feet. Respiratory problems, speech and swallowing disorders, visual impairments, sensory integration dysfunction, sleep disorders, and weak upper body strength may also be present.  Approximately 30% of children with Moebius syndrome are on the autism spectrum.

For this challenge, I did two tiles. My first tile was done at 1am last night. When I woke up, I clearly didn’t like it, because I promptly sat down and tangled another tile.

This is the second tile.

Beelight, Snail

Beelight, Snail

Snail gives a nice gilded look, an effect I didn’t expect from a tangle called Snail! The three petal shapes started off as Flux, but I modified them into something entirely different, and added little purple hearts to show love and support for people with Moebius Syndrome.

Does the logo remind anybody else of the recycling symbol?

This is the first tile I did last night.

20150119 Diva's Challenge 201a

Flux, Keenees, Knase, Reticulated

Tangling at 1am is not good. You make odd decisions, like aura-ing in the spaces in the logo because you’re too tired to think of better ways to fill them in, and then shading them dark in a failed attempt to make them less conspicuous.  Which is a pity, because I liked the two strips going over the bars of the logo.



  1. I’ve got to say I like the first tile the best! Not that the second isn’t great but I like your 1 am tile…maybe because that’s when I do most of my drawing. :)

    1. I almost didnt post the tile because I was embarrassed of it, and now it’s got a fan! Isn’t it wonderful how different people are drawn to different things? Maybe that’s why they say there are no mistakes in Zentangle ;)

  2. Wonderful stuff :) Thanks for linking up your site – I’ve followed you. I haven’t managed to get to write up my blog post even though my entry for this week’s challenge is complete xD Let’s hope next week calms down!

  3. I think both tiles are very well done. I like the way the second picture looks as if the tangles are wrapping around to make the strip.

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