hyperbolic crochet lamps

I really love crochet art designed to reflect mathematical concepts. All of our crochet is mathematical even if we aren’t thinking about that as we’re making it but what’s really neat is that there are certain types of mathematical concepts that haven’t been able to be modeled in any other form other than crochet. Daina Taimina is known for her discovery of hyperbolic crochet, a popular craft art form among mathematicians. Today I want to share the work of University of Wisconsin, Madison mathematics lecturer Gabriele Meyer who also creates hyperbolic crochet art. In fact, Taimina is the wife of Meyer’s PhD advisor, which I learned from an interview she did with Illuminate Crochet.

hyperbolic crochet home decor white hyperbolic crochet art hyperbolic crochet meyerI especially love how she uses hyperbolic crochet to create unique artistic lampshades. She also makes crochet algae, flowers and other organic shapes.

hyperbolic crochet algae hyperbolic crochet dragon

“In math if you want to prove something really beautiful, you have to understand the structure,” she explains. “And the structure means you understand the beauty of an object and with that knowledge you often times can make a very important and deep proof. That’s why beauty matters tremendously in mathematics.”

hyperbolic crochet flower hyperbolic crochet art lampshade She shares: “Over the last several years my surfaces have become larger and require to be hung from the ceiling to preserve their integrity (so that they don’t deform) and also for the visual impact.” And adds: “I am very happy, that with my crocheting I am picking up on a very traditional European women’s craft and giving it a new spin, connecting it to Mathematics.”

hyperbolic crochet art sculptures


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  1. Teresa Mallek Reply

    I absolutely love your mathematical works of art! Keep up the fabulous job and I love your color choices for each piece!

  2. Kristin Nicholas Reply

    Wow Kathryn! These are fabulous. I will share them w/ my readers. Exceptional. Thank you!

  3. Shannon Avery Reply

    I love the work you have done it truly is inspiring though math was never my strong suite. Do you ever plan to put out a basic pattern to explain some of your works? Not an exact but one to help others start a project then allowing them to continue on their own.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks! I share the work of a variety of different crochet artists and designers including this work by Gabriele Meyer. The work is not my own. I just like to share it with the world through this crochet-focused blog.

      • Lisa Petrecca Reply

        Where can we find a written pattern or the basics of hyperbolic crochet?

        • Kathryn Reply

          A few choices: http://eagl.wikidot.com/learning-to-hyperbolic-crochet and http://themainereef.blogspot.com/p/patterns.html and http://www.math.cornell.edu/~dwh/papers/crochet/crochet.html

  4. I have been crocheting my entire life and have never seen anything like this. It is so amazing and so very beautiful. Bravo

  5. hetty jager Reply

    prachtig die grote gehaakte lampen!!!!!!!!waar kan ik nog meer van uw gehaakte lampenvoorbeelden vinden?

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  7. Marcia Purse Reply

    I wish I could find any patterns for these larger hyperbolic pieces. All I’ve ever been able to find are for very small pieces, and continuing is just NOT intuitive.

  8. Stunning work. I was involved in public program Adelaide, South Australia learning and exhibiting hyperbolic crocheting. But this scale is stunning

  9. Stunning. I am a grandauter of a Dr. Of Mathematics/professor at Dartmouth Collage in NH. This makes me very excited you have found such spectacular visual ways to allow others to the beauty in Mathematics great [email protected]!

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