Posts by Margherita Cole


February 17, 2020

Mathematician Creates Intricate Drawings Using One Continuous Line

Mathmetician and artist Robert Bosch combines his two disciplines in a series of intricate, maze-like drawings that he calls “optimization art.” This means that they were made with the assistance of mathematical and computer optimization techniques to accommodate certain constraints made by the artist. In particular, Bosch is interested in making art that solves what is known as the traveling salesman problem.

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February 14, 2020

Space Engineer Designs a Rotary Cell Phone That Actually Works

It’s hard not to be distracted by all of the tricked out smartphones available today, especially when they’re always right at our fingertips. That’s why engineer Justine Haupt of the Cosmology Instrumentation Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory spent three years on a personal pet project. The result of her efforts is a fully functional rotary cell phone that Haupt believes has all of the pros of portable communication without the unnecessary bells and whistles.

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February 12, 2020

Artist Gives New Life to Old Forgotten Photographs With Colorful Hand Embroidery

More and more, contemporary embroiderers are pushing the boundaries of the age-old craft to produce unique hand-stitched pieces. Such is the case for calligrapher and fiber artist Han Cao, who combines her chromatic embroidery with found vintage photographs in her series Forgotten Photos. Although based in Palm Springs, Cao collects black and white and sepia-toned pictures from estate sales, antique stores, and flea markets from around the world.

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February 11, 2020

Artist Embroiders the Organic Textures of Moss, Lichen, Coral Reefs, and Mold

Canadian artist Hannah Kwasnycia hand stitches abstract embroidery hoops inspired by nature. In particular, she is interested in capturing the organic shapes of moss, lichen, coral reefs, and mold—using a variety of stitches, colors, and beads to do so. Currently based in New Zealand, Kwasnycia discovered the art of hand embroidery a little over a year ago.

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