Nithikul Nimkulrat

Textile Artist, Associate Professor of Material Art and Design
Faculty of Design, OCAD University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Since 2004, hand knotting has been the main technique for the creation of my textile artworks made of paper string. The knotting process had followed my intuition until I encountered mathematical knot diagrams and knot theory in 2013. Since then, diagrams and notations used in mathematics have been adopted to my practice as design tools to create two-tone knotted paper sculptures.

Wang Knots
50 x 50 x 50 cm
Paper string, hand knotting

Following the set of 16 prototiles of the reef knot pattern with four strands in two colors identified from a textile knot practice by a mathematician, the use of the matching color conditions of Wang tiles to tile three and four prototiles from this set has generated numerous possibilities of two-tone knot patterns.