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Two Mathematicians #108
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

owned by: 0x74cd4d

library: p5js

feature
value
Archetype
46.79%
Frame
63.30%
Paper Color
90.83%
Pen Color
41.28%
Pattern
6.42%
Expanded Stroke
88.99%
Interlacing
30.28%
Random Angles
90.83%
Strokeless
98.17%
Primary Fill
24.77%
Secondary Fill
64.22%

features

Tipsy

46.79% (51) have this trait

Full

63.30% (69) have this trait

Light

90.83% (99) have this trait

Black

41.28% (45) have this trait

Hexagons in Contact (2 edges)

6.42% (7) have this trait

Yes

88.99% (97) have this trait

Yes

30.28% (33) have this trait

No

90.83% (99) have this trait

No

98.17% (107) have this trait

Lines

24.77% (27) have this trait

Empty

64.22% (70) have this trait

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