Art and Design

My research is about applications of computer science and mathematics to the world of art and design. Sometimes I apply that interest directly in my own projects. The objects I create tend to use a fair amount of mathematics and programming. But in the work on this page I began with the goal in mind and developed the tools I need to achieve it, instead of doing the research first and then seeing what results I could create from it.

Hexagonal Cross Stitch (2019)- At least year’s Bridges Conference in Stockholm, I attended a short presentation by Susan Goldstine about “self-diagramming lace”. As motivation for the new work she was presenting, Susan referenced her paper from the year before on what she calls “symmetry samplers”. Samplers are an old tradition in fibre arts. A …
Tilted Espresso Cup (2018)- Here’s the second of two new espresso cups (read about the other one). The concept is simple: slice through the bottom of the cup and the handle at an angle, so that the cup looks like it’s sinking into the table. I think I can say with some confidence that …
Moka Pot Espresso Cup (2018)- During the holidays at the end of 2017, I had a bit of time to return to my occasional hobby of 3D printing. I figured I would design a couple of new espresso cups. I always seem to come back to 3D printed porcelain cups. I suppose it’s a nice …
Interwoven Islamic geometric patterns (2017)- Anybody who has attended a Bridges conference in past ten years will be familiar with the work of Rinus Roelofs. His talks always offer an entertaining contrast: stunning and inspiring ideas in the intersection of geometry and art, balanced with his humble, low-key delivery. It was also Rinus who suggested …
Arctic Monkeys Simulator (2017)- This term, I’m once again teaching CS 106, a second-level introductory programming course with a focus on art and data visualization. The course is taught using Processing, which provides a fun and accessible (though flawed) environment for art-focused novice programmers. The most recent lecture¬†includes a discussion on drawing graphs, and …
Woven book polyhedra (2016)- Earlier this year, at a local coffee shop, I noticed a flyer on the wall with a call for artist submissions for an upcoming show in Halton Hills. The topic of the show was Altered Books. I had never experimented with the artform of altered books before, though I had …
Hypocycloid juggling patterns (2016)- I’ve been having fun experimenting with interesting visual patterns that emerge when multiple points are moved around hypocycloids. I ended up writing a Bridges conference paper on the topic, but the animated quality of the results is so crucial that it seemed absolutely necessary to create a web page to …
Tending toward the convex (2015)- I was commissioned to create an Islamic geometric design to serve as a prop on the set of an Austrian production of the play Disgraced.
Trefoil Mug (2015)- A 3D printed coffee cup with a knotted handle.
3D printed kippahs (2014)- It's a well known fact that all mathematical art must eventually be worn on one's head. Let's cut out the middleman and create mathematical hats.