What do you get when you cross a bead work artisan with a mathematician?  You get incredible mathematically inspired bead sculptures and jewelry!  Gwen Fisher of Gwen Beads makes beautiful beaded objects which function as decorative art pieces.

Shown on the right is her Tetrahedral Symmetry beaded art object. She based the design on the tetrahedron which is a pyramid with four triangular faces. It was displayed in the Exhibit of Mathematical Art at a past Joint Mathematics Meeting.

Another sculpture is she made is the Second Generation Sierpinski Tetrahedron. According to Gwen, "Waclaw Sierpinski was a 20th century Polish mathematician who pioneered the field of fractal geometry; one of the two-dimensional fractals he described was the Sierpinski triangle. This triangle was one of the first shapes understood to demonstrate self-similarity: the property that its shape at any level is the same as its shape at its largest level. The Sierpinski tetrahedron is a three-dimensional shape realizing the same concept."

Her icosahedral cluster sculpture has 12 5-pointed stars spaced around the surface of this hollow object. It is a lovely piece and I wasn't surprised to read it was also exhibited at the math meeting.

Gwen's beautiful beaded jewelry are scaled smaller for wearing. Her sense of pattern, color and placement is exquisite, don't you think?

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