Nithikul Nimkulrat

Professor of Textile Design
Estonian Academy of Arts
Tallinn, Estonia

Since 2004, hand knotting has been the main technique for creating my textile artworks, all made of paper string. The knotting process had always followed my intuition and/or a rough sketch until I encountered mathematical knot diagrams and knot theory in 2013. Since then the diagrammatic method has been adopted to my practice so that I am able to create two-tone knotted paper sculptures and various forms of knotted textiles using other materials than paper string.

Rhombi Knots
10 x 45 x 45 cm
paper string

Following the rhombille tiling rule that each vertex has either six rhombi (all 60◦) meet at their acute corners, or three rhombi (all 120◦) meet at their obtuse corners, a tiling notation was constructed from identical rhombi, each enclosing four rhombus unit cells placed in the same orientation. The rhombille tiling notation created was used as a design tool to knot this two-tone patterned structure that, by surprise, became three-dimensional.