Organizing Committee
Abstract

The aim of this working group is to bring together theorists and practitioners of computational fiber arts and will have three related themes.

First, we would like to prove theorems about the geometry and topology of knitting. Second, we would like to explore the idea that knitting and textiles can be a physical embodiment of ideas in computational geometry. Third, we will use knitting and other textile arts as a way of visually communicating mathematical ideas to a broader audience.

The working group will take place the week following the Illustrating Geometry and Topology workshop.

Confirmed Speakers & Participants

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Workshop Schedule

Monday, September 23, 2019
TimeEventLocationMaterials
8:30 - 8:55Registration - ICERM 121 South Main Street, Providence RI 0290311th Floor Collaborative Space 
8:55 - 9:00Welcome - ICERM Director11th Floor Lecture Hall 
9:00 - 9:45The Future of Knitting Machine Programming - Jim McCann, Carnegie Mellon University11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15TBA - Susan Goldstine, St. Mary's College of Maryland11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:15Discussion11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:00Semester Program - Making mechanisms with LEGO - Alexander E Holroyd, University of Washington11th Floor Conference Room 
12:00 - 12:10Semester Program Grad student & PostDoc Group Photo11th Floor Collaborative Space 
12:30 - 2:30Break for Lunch / Free Time  
1:00 - 2:00Laser in Glass - Technical Discussion - Oliver Labs, MO -labs11th Floor Lecture Hall 
2:30 - 3:15Hyperbolic Crochet Workshop Part I - Daina Taimina, Cornell University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
3:30 - 4:00Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
4:00 - 4:45Hyperbolic Crochet Workshop Part II - Daina Taimina, Cornell University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
TimeEventLocationMaterials
9:00 - 9:45Twisted topological tangles or: the knot theory of knitting - Sabetta Matsumoto, Georgia Institute of Technology11th Floor Lecture Hall 
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15TBA - Anna Gitelson-Khan, RISD11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:15Discussion11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:00Semester Program - Special interest seminar11th Floor Conference Room 
12:30 - 2:30Break for Lunch / Free Time  
1:00 - 2:20Geometry and Illustration - Richard Schwartz, Brown University11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:30 - 3:15Color Symmetry in plane patterns - Frank Farris, Santa Clara University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
3:30 - 5:00Poster Session & Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
TimeEventLocationMaterials
9:00 - 9:45TBA - Kelly Delp, Cornell University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15TBA - Veronika Irvine, University of Waterloo11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:15Discussion11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:00Semester Program - Special interest seminar11th Floor Conference Room 
12:30 - 2:30Break for Lunch / Free Time  
12:30 - 12:40Workshop Group Photo  
2:30 - 4:00Tour of RISD Textiles DepartmentRISD 
4:00 - 4:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
Thursday, September 26, 2019
TimeEventLocationMaterials
9:00 - 9:45Itajime Shibori Walllpaper Patterns - Carolyn Yackel, Mercer University11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15TBA - Sarah-Marie Belcastro, Smith College11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:15Discussion11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:00Semester Program - Special interest seminar11th Floor Conference Room 
12:30 - 2:30Break for Lunch / Free Time  
1:00 - 2:20Geometry and Illustration - Richard Schwartz, Brown University11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:30 - 3:15Hyperbolic quilting workshop Part I - Sabetta Matsumoto, Georgia Institute of Technology11th Floor Lecture Hall 
3:30 - 4:00Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
4:00 - 4:45Hyperbolic quilting workshop Part II - Sabetta Matsumoto, Georgia Institute of Technology11th Floor Lecture Hall 
Friday, September 27, 2019
TimeEventLocationMaterials
9:00 - 9:45Forming fabric from knitted curves - Mike Dimitriyev, Georgia Institute of Technology11th Floor Lecture Hall
9:30 - 10:30Semester Program - PostDoc/ Grad Student Seminar11th Floor Conference Room 
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15physical properties of hyperbolic space in relation to the history of clothing and armor - Rebecca Field, James Madison University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:00Discussion & Wrap Up11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:30 - 12:00Semester Program - Special interest seminar11th Floor Conference Room 
12:00 - 1:00Lunch Knitting11th Floor Conference 
12:30 - 2:00Break for Lunch / Free Time  
2:00 - 3:45Optional workshop: Making punch cards in openSCAD - Laura Taalman, James Madison University11th Floor Conference Room 
3:45 - 4:15Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 

Registration Information

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