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Two Mathematicians #109
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: 0x62ec5b

library: p5js

feature
value
Archetype
47.27%
Frame
13.64%
Paper Color
90.91%
Pen Color
12.73%
Pattern
9.09%
Expanded Stroke
89.09%
Interlacing
70.00%
Random Angles
90.91%
Strokeless
98.18%
Primary Fill
20.91%
Secondary Fill
64.55%

features

Tipsy

47.27% (52) have this trait

Letterbox

13.64% (15) have this trait

Light

90.91% (100) have this trait

Blue

12.73% (14) have this trait

Ibn Tulun

9.09% (10) have this trait

Yes

89.09% (98) have this trait

No

70.00% (77) have this trait

No

90.91% (100) have this trait

No

98.18% (108) have this trait

Dots

20.91% (23) have this trait

Empty

64.55% (71) have this trait

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