Eva Knoll and Mary Crowley
"Niji" (start quilt)
textile, 26" x 26", 2006.
"Niji" (end quilt)
PhD (Candidate), University of Exeter, U.K.,
Lecturer, Education, Mount Saint Vincent University, N.S.
"I have submitted a paper this year which discusses a quilt I designed with a collaborator and which contains a Su Doku
puzzle. As part of my presentation, I am bringing it to London, and I was hoping to also have it featured in the exhibition.
It is made of two panels (a diptych, therefore) but could also be hung 'back-to'back' in mid-air as the two panels are independent.
It measures 26" x 26", and I have attached the photos.
Mary began quilting in 1995 while on sabbatical in Edinburgh. Working from silk scraps obtained from a
local dressmaker, she created a multi-coloured wall hanging based on the 9 patch (3 x 3 block). She has
worked with textiles ever since. Her most recent venture involves the making of bowls from found objects
such as yarn, fabric scraps and beads. Working with fabric appeals to her sense of colour and to her
professional interests as a mathematics educator.
Eva has been investigating connections between art and mathematics since the 1980's. She was exploring a
solving technique for the Su Doku involving the use of colours, when she came across Mary's quilt in her office.
The combination of the two ideas resulted in the creation of this interactive Su Doku quilt, and in an article in this year's Bridges proceedings describing the process.
(Niji is the Japanese word for rainbow).