Zahra Sayed

Postgraduate Research Student
Centre for Visual Computing, University of Bradford
Bradford, UK

Integrating and visualizing mathematics and Islamic geometric patterns in 3D.

3D Islamic geometric motif tessellation
3D Islamic geometric motif tessellation
30 x 20 x 5 cm
Plastic
2015

This is a unique adaptation of mathematics and shape grammar (computational method), automated by a programming language, Python. I am a PhD student researching on generating 3D Islamic geometric motifs by only using one regular polygon in the entire generation of a single motif and mapping them onto a given 3D surface. The use of symmetry, creates both the aesthetic appeal and mathematical insight of the wonder of Islamic art. The hexagonal Islamic motif (repeating unit) is created by a single hexagon, using Euclidean transformations and boolean operations. It is tessellated in the hexagonal grid to form the 3x3 tessellation.