I've just gotten back from the 2005 Joint Mathematics Meetings. Don't worry, below the cut it's just all thumbnails. Most of the photos in here are from the AMS Special Session on Mathematics and Mathematics Education in Fiber Arts or associated events.
Also, I'm a lousy photographer, so some of the coolest objects came out looking blurry in the photos. Sorry 'bout that.
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This is the exhibit booth of Hans Schepker, who does really cool geometric things in glass.
This seeming impossibility is in Hans Schepker's booth.
And from a different angle, the illusion is revealed.
And another seemingly impossible work of Hans Schepker...
... and revelation thereof.
Larry Frazier is a newcomer to the Joint Math Meetings, but he's got amazing art, so I hope he does well and returns in the future.
A close-up of some of Larry Frazier's work.
The knitting network, an evening event for crafters of all sorts. The woman standing on the left is sarah-marie belcastro, one of the event's organizers. The woman in the tan shawl is my mother, and the shawl is one of my designs (notice the Sierpinski motif!).
The knitting network viewed head-on.
Carolyn Yackel, one of the event's organizers, crocheted a Lorenz manifold. Unfortunately, we were having some trouble mounting it, so it doesn't look like the canonical version.
A topological petting zoo, including Moebius bands and Klein bottles by Maria Lano and sarah-marie belcastro.
This one came out awfully blurry, but take my word for it, Carolyn Yackel's Platonic-solid-inspired Tamari balls looked great.
Joshua Holden's Fibonacci bag uses the Fibonacci recurrance for its striping pattern.
Susan Wildstrom made her Sierpinski shawl following instructions which I told her, but which are really meep's.
Another slightly blurry one; these are embeddings of various surfaces in 3-space by Mark Shoulson. If I were a topologist, I'd know which spaces, but I'm not.
Mark Shoulson also did these attractive (and not as blurry in real life) crocheted Moebius strips.
This quilt by Amy Szczepanski represents the dihedral groups in several ways, both with the symmetries of the arrows and with the stitching patterns.
I don't remember who did this quilt square (it might be Amy's), but it represents several proofs of the Pythagorean theorem.
I would dearly love to know how Miyuki Kawamura made these skeletons of platonic solids, but she wasn't at the conference.
These are Boy's and Steiner's surfaces. Once again I reveal my ignorance of topology by not knowing which is which, and my general ignorance by not knowing who made them.
This is a blurry photo of Daina Taimina's hyperbolic manifolds and hyperbolic quilt.
Finally, my Sierpinski blanket. The relief designs, alas, don't photograph very well without carefully-chosen lighting.