Penrose Tiling English Paper Piecing Class - A Mathematical Adventure!
Penrose Tiling English Paper Piecing Class - A Mathematical Adventure!
Penrose Tiling English Paper Piecing Class - A Mathematical Adventure!

Penrose Tiling English Paper Piecing Class - A Mathematical Adventure!

The Workshop:

Quilters love patterns and Penrose Tiling is a pattern that never repeats - no matter how far you move in any direction (spooky!).

Join Tanya in this evening workshop and venture into the world of
aperiodic tiling and some fascinating maths. She will discuss different
tiling patterns, explain the uniqueness of Penrose tiling and demonstrate
the step-wise process she used to create quilts inspired by the Penrose
tiling pattern. 

Tanya will teach you the basics of English Paper Piecing (hand sewing using templates) and get you started on sewing your own Penrose Tiling creation.  Students can choose to sew a two or three colour pieced quilt, cushion cover or wallhanging.  They can follow Tanya's pattern or choose a different section of the pattern to create an original design.  

About Penrose Tiling:

A tiling is a way to cover a flat surface using a fixed collection of shapes, with no gaps or overlaps. Common examples are rectangle, hexagons, octagons and squares. You have probably seen many different tilings around your home or in the streets or in your quilts! 

These common tilings are based on repeating patterns

Mathematicians wondered whether it was possible to make a tiling which didn’t have this periodic property: a tiling where the tracing paper would never match the pattern again, no matter how far you moved it or in which direction. Such a tiling is called aperiodic tiling and it is without translational symmetry. 

The most famous example of an aperiodic tiling is called Penrose tiling. A Penrose tiling uses only two shapes, with rules on how they are allowed to go together. There are infinitely many ways to make a Penrose tiling! 

 

About the designer

Tanya Scharaschkin is a Tasmanian-based scientist and artist. Whilst most of her artistic work incorporates a botanical theme, she has also designed, made and exhibited mathematical quilts. Tanya’s husband, a mathematician, inspired her to use aperiodic tiling patterns and mathematical designs.  Tanya has exhibited her mathematical quilts at the "Art Meets Science" Exhibition in
Brisbane.

Class cost $60.00

Kit Cost (includes templates, pattern and fabric): TBA

When: Wednesday 11 December - 5:30-8:30pm

Tutor: Tanya Scharaschkin

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