2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings

# Veronika Irvine

## Artists

## Statement

Bobbin lace is a fibre art form in which intricate and delicate patterns are created by braiding together many threads. When I first learned to make bobbin lace, some 20 years ago, I was struck by its mathematical nature. The patterns are diagrams, not a linear set of instructions. The order in which braids are worked and most of the decisions about how threads should move so that they arrive in the correct position as needed, are left up to the lacemaker. Over the past 4 years, I have been developing a mathematical model for bobbin lace and discovering the joy of designing my own pieces. This process has opened my eyes to more interesting mathematical properties of this art form and allowed me to explore the medium in new ways.