june, 2017

02jun(jun 2)2:00 pm30(jun 30)4:30 pmBotanica Mathematica

knitted D'arcy


Event Details

An exhibition in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, University of Dundee

2 – 30 June, Fridays 2 – 4.30pm

Botanica Mathematica is a textile taxonomy of mathematically-inspired plant forms. Its creators, Julia Collins and Madeleine Shepherd, have combined ideas from D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form, computer science, fractals and hyperbolic geometry. The specimen collection consists mainly of crowd-sourced contributions of Binary Bonsai trees. Generative instructions and algorithmic knitting patterns are the genetic code of these creations; textile techniques are their metabolism. These patterns were released into the wild to evolve and change as makers around the world interpreted them. The elegant structures, rich textures and fascinating patterns that arise have been collected and classified, with the aid of taxonomist Jo Macrae, as if they were specimens in a botanical herbarium. As well as the Binary Bonsai collection, this exhibit includes Fibonacci Flowers and Hyperbolic Chanterelles which will form the basis of an accompanying workshop on 18 June.


2 (Friday) 2:00 pm - 30 (Friday) 4:30 pm GMT


D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

Carnelley Building, University of Dundee


University of Dundee Museum Services

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