Form, Shape & Space
University of Leeds lecturer and well-known geometry fan Liz Meenan could not believe her luck when she came across tilings and polyhedra on her own doorstep. Between 10th October 2007 and 8th February 2008 the University of Leeds International Textile Archive is hosting an exhibition by Briony Thomas called 'Form, Shape and Space'.
The exhibition is the outcome of research undertaken in the School of Design at the University of Leeds. The project explores a range of geometric concepts of importance to both two- and three-dimensional design. Digital printing, laser cutting, routing and rapid prototyping equipment have been used in the production of exhibits in printed, etched and constructed form in two- and three-dimensions using resistant materials. The project is concerned with concepts of relevance to pattern, geometric structure, form, shape and proportion, and is truly interdisciplinary in nature. Throughout the twentieth century the University of Leeds played a pivotal role in the analysis and interpretation of patterns – the three-dimensional patterns that are the basis of crystal structures and the two-dimensional patterns that are the basis of tessellations. The Leeds tradition has continued, most recently with the development of theoretical concepts relating to the application of pattern to three-dimensional forms – an attractive mathematical problem with great artistic potential. Patterns and proportional relationships create a visual language expressing order and generating appealing, fascinating compositions. The application of regularly repeating patterns to the surface of mathematical solids is potentially of considerable value to the design of highly functional and aesthetically novel constructions offering great innovative potential in design, the decorative arts and architecture. ‘Form, Shape and Space’ is the showcase for a substantial collection of tilings and three-dimensional structures created through the exploitation and development of the understanding of geometric concepts.
Liz Meenan was particularly impressed with the work on platonic solids: “Briony has discovered that only 10 possible pattern types can be applied to the 'Platonic solids' and the patterns she's used are inspired by the ones at the Alhambra palace.”
NCETM and University of Leeds are planning an event based on the exhibition for local teachers.
Form, Shape & Space - An Exhibition of Tilings and Polyhedra
by Briony Thomas
University of Leeds International Textiles Archieve (ULITA)
St Wilfred's Chapel
Maurice Keyworth Building
Telephone : 0113 3919
Exhibition Opens : Tuesday - Friday (10 am - 5 pm)