San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Julia Collins, University of Edinburgh (School of Mathematics) and Madeleine Shepherd (ICMS Communication Officer) will give a talk
Title: Botanica Mathematica - a textile taxonomy of mathematical plants.
Abstract: Botanica Mathematica is a public participation art installation which uses textile crafts, predominantly knitting and crochet, to explore mathematical ideas and botanical forms. It was launched in January 2013 by Julia Collins and Madeleine Shepherd to mark the Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth and is now drawing to a close. In this talk Julia and Madeleine will discuss the ideas behind the patterns and show you some of the work that continues to arrive in Madeleine's studio. They'll also look at some of the trends arising as they begin to classify the specimens collected so far. Knitters in the UK, Europe and the USA have contributed their interpretations of the project's basic pattern, The Binary Bonsai. If you want to join them, visit the patterns and instructions section of www.botanicamathematica.wordpress.com and bring your work along to the talk. Knitting in the audience is permitted!
Venue: Newhaven Lecture Theatre, ICMS
Refreshments will be served afterwards.