Humble Umbels…

I really love the form of the plants in the Umbelliferae family, I’m entranced by the upward sweeping negative curvature of the flowers (inflorescence), which resembles the inverted circles found in hyperbolic geometry. They are found in the British Isles as the native plants Wild Carrot (also known as Queen Anne’s Lace), Cow Parsley, Hogweed  and many…

Dancing Circles

Some time ago I was shown this video of ‘circles dancing in a rhomb’ by Gelada   http://maxwelldemon.com/edmund-harriss/ http://vimeo.com/23772888 At the time it inspired me to create some interesting patterns with crochet, based around the negative space within the structures and the rhythmic dance of the circles within the shape. But it was the cellular structure…

Crochet doilys

I used to crochet a lot in the past so when I saw this video http://vimeo.com/23772888 the first thing I thought of was plant cellular structures, then it reminded me of the open work found in crochet doilys. I decided to make a few which will eventually be joined to form this wonderful lampshade Most…