Math Art


Awareness of the outside world. The plan was to use math to make art. Ended up being a deep dive down the rabbit hole. So much cool stuff out there.

Process Notes. Programmed font, the idea being having shapes to work with rather learning thru drawing all those fiddly curves. Inkscape/GIMP.


Remember Spirograph?

Digital Spirograph. Inspiral Web by Nathan Friend. Is also an app, pictured above.

Physical Spirograph. Smithsonian, National Museum of American History: Toy, Spirograph

NMAH: The Spirograph and kinematic models: Making math touchable (and pretty), Shell-Gellasch, 2014


Images. American Mathematical Society: Mathematical Imagery. A list of galleries, including, AMS: 2021 Mathematical Art Exhibition.


Book.  Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes: Tactile Mathematics, Art and Craft for all to Explore, by Daina Taimina (2nd CRCPress, 2018). Taiminia’s blog. Hyperbolic Crochet – some fiber for thoughts about art, math, crochet, and all the various threads in our lives.


Book. The Guardian: Why the history of maths is also the history of art. Review of Mathematics and Art,: A Cultural History by Lyn Gamwell, (Princeton 2015). Publisher’s page


Search tip. math art -> kid stuff, mathematical art -> adult stuff, although not “adult” stuff. The mind reels, although it’s probably been done, everything has. (I did Google it. Mostly tutor/teacher nonsense. Has anyone noticed a lack of imagination in adult material? Especially hentai where one is only limited by what one can draw. Same tropes, offered in cartoon form. But I digress. Honest, I don’t stalk p*rn. It’s hard to read any amount of web comics without coming across hentai. But I continue to digress.)


Hex Colors. Because I’m going to want to remember what I did up there.

FF0000, 00FF00, 0000FF
000000, 888888, FFFFFF

“The first two represent red, the middle two represent green, and the last two represent blue.” Seth Flowers: RGB for Beginners. Also graphics that explain shades of black & shades of red.

I found several Hex color sliders without looking too hard. This one shows the component colors on the sides. RGB Color Slider Tool

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