Bridges 2011 Workshop Paper
The Geometry of Paradise Flowers
(Proceedings pages 681–684)
When thinking about Islamic mosaics, it might seem that only mosaics
that have geometrical patterns involve mathematics, however, there
is an interesting amount of mathematics in floral designs too: each
flower individually and all of the various connections between the
flowers are based on circular patterns. In this workshop the
participants will learn about these constructions step by step.
Next, they will design a flower themselves, based on the fixed base
shapes of the mosaics but leaving enough degrees of freedom to be
creative. The newly designed flowers will be attached to a prefabricated
framework to make a wonderful collaborative design.