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Two Mathematicians #111
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: 0x2b1a1d

library: p5js

feature
value
Archetype
47.32%
Frame
24.11%
Paper Color
91.07%
Pen Color
13.39%
Pattern
9.82%
Expanded Stroke
89.29%
Interlacing
69.64%
Random Angles
91.07%
Strokeless
98.21%
Primary Fill
25.00%
Secondary Fill
6.25%

features

Tipsy

47.32% (53) have this trait

None

24.11% (27) have this trait

Light

91.07% (102) have this trait

Blue

13.39% (15) have this trait

Squares in Contact (1 edge)

9.82% (11) have this trait

Yes

89.29% (100) have this trait

No

69.64% (78) have this trait

No

91.07% (102) have this trait

No

98.21% (110) have this trait

Lines

25.00% (28) have this trait

Infinite

6.25% (7) have this trait

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