Aristolochia grandiflora is a floral fractal. When I first saw the plant at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids in full bloom in May, it seemed a natural subject for exploring the seventeen wallpaper patterns in the plane. Starting with a photograph that I had taken in the garden, I sampled sections of the plant image and used KaleidoMania to generate samples of each of the seventeen wallpaper patterns. These were printed on 8.5 by 11 inch treated silk pages and folded, cut, pieced, quilted and beaded to create mathematical art to wear.
S. Louise Gould, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut
"My artwork usually connects textiles or paper with mathematical, specifically geometric ideas. Recent explorations include weaving influenced by traditional ethnic bands that apply simple frieze patterns to build more complex patterns, plated basket structures both square and hexagonal (tri-axial) as well as pop-up polyhedra in both paper and cloth. The tools in my workshop include a computer, computer digitizing for a sewing machine, a Craft Robo plotter-cutter as well as various other looms and machines. Ideas usually start with my students in mind. Where can I help them see mathematics in unexpected places?"