Botanica Mathematica

a textile taxonomy of mathematical plant forms

The end of four years of Binary Bonsai

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Botanica Mathematica is finally coming to an end this year.  We’re marking it with return to Edinburgh International Science Festival where this project began in 2013 and an exhibition and workshop in the D’Arcy Thompson Museum in the University of Dundee in June. We’ll be showing off all the trees and other specimens we’ve collected over the four years of the project complete with the classification scheme, our family tree of trees.

The D’Arcy Thompson Museum seems a very fitting place to wind up this textile exploration of form and taxonomy and move on to new projects. There is, however, still a chance that more might happen later in the year.  Keep checking back for more announcements.

  • Sunday 16th April,  11am-5pm
    Mini Maker Faire, Summerhall, Edinburgh
    Exhibition stand with drop-in workshop on hyperbolic crochet
  • Fridays 2pm-4.30pm  – 2nd to 30th June
    D’Arcy Thompson Museum, Dundee
    Installation of Botanica Mathematica specimens in a classic museum setting. Madeleine Shepherd will be in the museum on 2nd and 30th June to chat and to answer questions from visitors
  • Sunday 18th June, 2pm-4.30pm
    D’Arcy Thompson Museum, Dundee
    Workshop with Madeleine Shepherd about the ideas and techniques behind Botanica Mathematica.  Come and make your own specimens.  Tools and materials provided but bring your own set of double pointed needles for Binary Bonsai in case you need to take it home unfinished. Workshop organized in association with Fluph Shop who have been enthusiastic supporters of Botanica Mathematica over the years.


Knitted D'Arcy Thompson picture

Knitted wall hanging of the young D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson by Madeleine Shepherd

Author: Knot Unknot

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

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