Elisabetta Matsumoto; Henry Segerman; Fabienne Serriere

Assistant Professor of Physics; Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Textile Artist/Entrepreneur
Georgia Institute of Technology; Oklahoma State University; KnitYak
Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Seattle, Washington, USA

Elisabetta Matsumoto is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is passionate about using textiles, 3D printing and virtual reality to teach geometry and topology to the public.

Henry Segerman is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. His artistic interests involve procedural generation, self reference, ambigrams and puzzles.

Fabienne Serriere is the founder of KnitYak. She designs and manufactures one-of-a-kind and small run generative textiles featuring elementary cellular automata, Mandelbrot sets, quine code, and more.

Mobius Cellular Automata Scarves
Mobius Cellular Automata Scarves
70 x 80 x 5 cm
Merino wool

KnitYak creates one-off cellular automata scarves. One day someone asked if such designs could be made on a Möbius loop. Rules 105 and 150 respect the necessary symmetry of the double knit scarf. We wrote a program to search for patterns that would be the right dimensions to make a wearable scarf ~100 stitches wide and ~1000 rows long. We found cycles of width 114 and length 1022 for both Rule 105 and Rule 150. These were then knit by KnitYak and hand kitchenered in pattern to maintain Mobius symmetry.