S. Louise Gould

Retired Professor of Mathematics Education
Department of Mathematical Sciences, Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, Connecticut, USA

My mathematical art grows out of my experiences with my students and my explorations of mathematics, textiles, paper, and technology. I enjoy working with computer controlled machines such as the computerized embroidery sewing machine and the Craft Robo (plotter cutter) as well as traditional looms and knitting machines.

Semi-snub MuCube
Semi-snub MuCube
25 x 25 x 48 cm
Fabric, craft heavy interfacing, wire

The Semi-snub Mucube (ssμC) is the most recent in a series of infinite space filling polyhedra. The surface of this Archimedean polyhedron separates space into two congruent parts. The tunnels travel from one cuboctahedral chamber to another. There are also octahedral chambers which alternate between bulging from one side to the other. The doorways to the tunnels are skewed hexagons. The four squares around the perimeter of a cuboctahedral chamber alternate between left and right orientations. A diagram for the lattice for the polyhedron can be found on page 337 of The Symmetries of Things.

Dualing Polyhedra
Dualing Polyhedra
13 x 33 x 25 cm
Photogloss paper, PLA, fabric and thread

In The Symmetries of Things, Chaim Goodman-Strauss notes “The Archimedean solids and their duals can be nicely arranged so that their edges are mutually tangent, at their intersections, to a common sphere. Three are the dual Platonic solids, plus one of them, the dual tetrahedron and its identical dual with the sphere passing through the intersections. The others are Archimedean solids, some of the “kis-cousins”: the truncated Tetrahedron and its dual the kisTetrahedron, the truncated Octahedron with its dual the kisCube, and the Truncated Cube and its dual the kisOctahedron. As with tessellations in the plane, in space the Platonic solids have Platonic duals and the Archimedean solids have duals with faces that are not regular polygons.