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.

I especially love how she uses hyperbolic crochet to create unique artistic lampshades. She also makes crochet algae, flowers and other organic shapes.

“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.”

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.”

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

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

Kristin

These are stunning.

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.

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.

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

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

Love all of this so much!!!

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

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

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.

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

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]!