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Two Mathematicians #120
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: 0xf91e30

library: p5js

feature
value
Archetype
48.76%
Frame
23.97%
Paper Color
90.91%
Pen Color
9.92%
Pattern
7.44%
Expanded Stroke
90.08%
Interlacing
70.25%
Random Angles
90.91%
Strokeless
98.35%
Primary Fill
14.88%
Secondary Fill
63.64%

features

Tipsy

48.76% (59) have this trait

None

23.97% (29) have this trait

Light

90.91% (110) have this trait

Green

9.92% (12) have this trait

Hexagons in Contact (2 edges)

7.44% (9) have this trait

Yes

90.08% (109) have this trait

No

70.25% (85) have this trait

No

90.91% (110) have this trait

No

98.35% (119) have this trait

Infinite

14.88% (18) have this trait

Empty

63.64% (77) have this trait

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