Melissa Schumacher

Tacoma, Washington, USA

I am neither a professional mathematician nor a professional artist, but I love to combine math and art. I enjoy putting simple shapes together to create more complex patterns or surfaces. I crochet and I make chainmail jewelry, and the technique I used to make this sculpture is a combination of both.

Klein Bottle in Wire Loops
Klein Bottle in Wire Loops
17 x 13 x 9 cm
galvanized steel wire

In most depictions of Klein bottles, the surface can't intersect itself, but here it can because the "surface" is made of loops that can be woven through each other. I was inspired to make a Klein bottle using wire loops when I visited Katherine Hogan's studio and saw her demonstration of the basic technique.