Julia Handl and Deliné Pőcze Erzsébet

Johannes Kepler University
Linz, Austria / Budapest, Hungary

Julia Handl is a PhD student at Johannes Kepler University in Linz. She believes that fractals are one of the most beautiful ways to combine mathematics and art.

Deliné Pőcze Erzsi is a creative coach and jewelry designer living in Budapest. Creating is her passion. She loves to explore the opportunities in casual objects which are useless or sublime for others.

Three R19 Squares
11 x 5 x 1 cm
Beads and Silk Cord on Felt Fabric

The design for the earrings and pendant is based on a plane-filling curve-set that lives on the This grid has two classes of edges and therefore requires a set of two curves to fill the plane. Any two of these curves form a deformed square, as indicated by white and black silk cords. The curve-set is of order 19 and its square tile encloses 19 squares.

The method used is called the soutache technique. A silk cord holds together the geometric shapes that form the grid. The triangular and rectangular beads are glued to felt fabric, and the soutache cord was sewn on by hand. The organic shapes were paired with the strict, pre-calculated mathematical structure, reminding the viewer of the coexistence of civilization and nature.