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Two Mathematicians #62
BY MA

https://by-ma.art/

This project explores the highly mathematical world of Islamic geometric patterns.

Islamic design is one of the world's great artistic traditions, but much is known about the methods used by artisans in centuries past to construct them. One of the first attempts to formalize the geometry behind Islamic patterns was E.H. Hankin's seminal 1908 paper "Polygons in Contact", which remains a key technique today. Our project combines the approach described by Hankin with transformations of designs found at real-world historical sites.

Two Mathematicians avoids traditional ornamentation and colouring. It seeks to find beauty in the geometry of the patterns themselves, embellishing only with subtle combinations of basic line and dot shapes. Its two archetypes contrast the precision and order found in Islamic patterns with the informality of a rough draft. In that, it reflects the personalities of its creators, alternating between the obsessive need for order and exactness, and the embrace of just winging it.

Controls:

  • Zoom in or out with scroll wheel, or arrow up/down.
  • Press 'i' to see the underlying structure.

license: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

collection: factory

owned by: 0x479619

library: p5js

feature
value
Archetype
53.57%
Frame
21.43%
Paper Color
90.48%
Pen Color
36.90%
Pattern
9.52%
Expanded Stroke
88.10%
Interlacing
71.43%
Random Angles
89.29%
Strokeless
98.81%
Primary Fill
15.48%
Secondary Fill
66.67%

features

Sober

53.57% (45) have this trait

None

21.43% (18) have this trait

Light

90.48% (76) have this trait

Black

36.90% (31) have this trait

Squares in Contact (1 edge)

9.52% (8) have this trait

Yes

88.10% (74) have this trait

No

71.43% (60) have this trait

No

89.29% (75) have this trait

No

98.81% (83) have this trait

Infinite

15.48% (13) have this trait

Empty

66.67% (56) have this trait

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