‘Stitches’ Art Exhibition

Featuring the artworks of Elaine Ellison, Daina Taimina and Gabriele Meyer.

Opening Reception: Thursday May 8, 2014 at 5:30pm

Exhibition Dates: April 1 – May 31, 2014

Schedule of Events

Thursday May 8th

  • 5:30pm: Opening Reception – SCGP Art Gallery and Lobby
  • 6:00pm: Talk by Elaine Krajenke Ellison, Mathematical Quilts – WATCH THE VIDEO

Tuesday May 20th

  • 5:30pm: Reception – SCGP Art Gallery and Lobby
  • 6:00pm: Talk by Daina Taimina, Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes – SCGP Room 103WATCH THE VIDEO

All lectures and receptions are free and open to the public

Elaine Krajenke Ellison

ELAINE KRAJENKE ELLISON is a retired high school teacher of mathematics. She taught a mathematics methods course at Purdue University, utilizing her quilts as an example of mathematical visualization. These quilts serve as a visual introduction to mathematical concepts, allowing her audience to explore mathematics as they gain geometric insights. Throughout her artistic career, Elaine has led many workshops around the world, working with various art museums, quilt groups, school clubs, and mathematical interest gatherings. She has presented at the London Science Museum, and has co-written two books with Dr. Diana Venters; Mathematical Quilts and More Mathematical Quilts.


Gabriele Meyer

GABRIELE MEYER was born in Germany and is a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin. Her artwork deals with curves, curved surfaces and hyperbolic surfaces in 3 dimensions. Her technique is a composite of crocheting and basket making. Over the last several years her surfaces have become larger and require to be suspended, in order to preserve their visual integrity and impact. Her forms are inspired by ocean creatures such as sea anemones and algae, as well as by flower blossoms and by surfaces encountered in topology.



DAINA TAIMINA was born in Riga, Latvia, where she taught mathematics at the University of Latvia for 20 years. She crocheted her first hyperbolic plane for Cornell students in a non-Euclidean geometry class in 1997. She has since given many public lectures, and participated in art shows around the U.S., Belgium, Latvia, Italy, U.K. and Ireland. Her most recent book is about tactile explorations of hyperbolic geometry through crochet, titled Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes (AK Peters, 2009). Daina’s art has been displayed in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Textile Collection, the Smithsonian Institution American History Museum’™s ˜Mathematical Model Collection™, the US State Department Art in Embassies program, the Henri Poincare Institute of Mathematics Mathematical Model Collection, and in several mathematic institutions and private collections across the United States.

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