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Two Mathematicians #113
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: 0xbfcb6a

library: p5js

feature
value
Archetype
53.51%
Frame
61.40%
Paper Color
91.23%
Pen Color
40.35%
Pattern
13.16%
Expanded Stroke
89.47%
Interlacing
70.18%
Random Angles
9.65%
Strokeless
98.25%
Primary Fill
22.81%
Secondary Fill
0.88%

features

Sober

53.51% (61) have this trait

Full

61.40% (70) have this trait

Light

91.23% (104) have this trait

Black

40.35% (46) have this trait

Cordoba

13.16% (15) have this trait

Yes

89.47% (102) have this trait

No

70.18% (80) have this trait

Yes

9.65% (11) have this trait

No

98.25% (112) have this trait

Dots

22.81% (26) have this trait

Waves

0.88% (1) have this trait

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