Botanica Mathematica

a textile taxonomy of mathematical plant forms

Botanica Mathematica at Edinburgh’s first Maker Faire

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Yesterday was our first proper outing for Botanica Mathematica. We took all our specimens and workshop kit to Mini Maker Faire at Summerhall, Edinburgh and let the hordes of people join in with what we’d been up to.

The venue is a former vetinary college and a lot of the original fittings are still in place – like the display cases at the back of this photo. We filled them with highlighted pieces of work and had two small tables for display, all of which you’ll see in the photo gallery on the right (click it to see the full set. There was also a large communal table for vistors to work at. we had wool from our Madeleine’s stash, some lovely exotic yarns donated by Suzanne McEndoo and a large collection of wools from our commercial sponsor McAree Bros, Howe Street Edinburgh.

People were very keen to get stuck in with the hyperbolic crochet. We couldn’t have coped with the demand without the assistance of Carmen Moran and Jo MacRae from Craft Reactor.

Thanks are also due to Edinburgh International Science Festival for setting up such an exciting cross disciplinary event. The ultimate thank you, however, goes to the audience for being so open to all the weird and wonderful ideas on display. If even half the people who took pattern leaflets away send us a binary bonsai we’ll have a forest of the little trees!

Author: Knot Unknot

Artist/maker/scientist/mathematician/communicator/etc - suffers from many ailments including "popcorn kittens"! see

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