So what do math and beading have in common? Well, a lot frankly.
Math ensures we don’t run out of beads before we get to the end of a project; math tells us how to finish a peyote stitch and math can even inspire art.
Exhibit A: Tessellations. Tessellations are are arrangements of closed shapes that completely cover the plane without overlapping and without leaving gaps. While this may be more geometry than math it’s still pretty cool. Famous examples of this are found in the Alhambra and the modern artwork of M.C. Escher, who was supposedly inspired by the Spanish fortress.
Notice the underlying hexagons in “Reptiles” by M.C. Escher.
Exhibit B: Mr. Leonardo Pisano Bigollo. Mathematician; Day trader; Master of disguise.
Also known as Leonardo Pisano, or Leonardo Bonacci, a merchant’s son, this math wizard is best known as Fibonacci, the man who familiarized Europe with many well known eastern methods of mathematics to include the Fibonacci sequence: a series of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous two numbers (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233 etc). Fibonacci used the sequence in predicting ever growing rabbit populations. This sequence has also been determined to approximately represent many facets of nature: The manner in which a trees branches form; the formation of a delta at a rivers, etc. I; however, am using it to make an awesome pattern in my latest creation!
In tribute to math and art I present: Fibonacci’s Rainbow
Inspiration is all around us, even in numbers!