Be mesmerized by line, shape & geometry in the beautiful photos of this book on polyhedra. Look, read & experience the fun of learning!
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This gorgeous art book is filled with photos of geometric patterns that reveal the dynamic nature of polyhedra. The pictures hint at the symmetric connections between forms, but there is a chapter, called 'Introduction to Polyhedra,' which explains the beautiful relationships of the forms through fun diagrams and easy to read text.
By balancing this book between art and mathematics, I join a growing movement of people who are finding new ways of sharing the cool & accessible parts of math. When these neat concepts are described, outside the pressures of a mathematics class, they spark the curiosity of children & adults. With a little light of understanding shinning on a topic, people become eager to explore the world of mathematical ideas that you don't need a math degree to enjoy.
People who don't know much about formal math (artists, designers, and those who appreciate art, design, and pattern) will love this book as an easy reference & inspiration for these intriguing objects. Teachers, mathematicians, geometers, scientists, engineers, and computer programmers who have seen this material before in other forms will be delighted by the uniqueness of the images, the playful descriptions, and the fact that you can show this book to those unfamiliar to the topic and get them excited about it, too!
Go to polyhedra.stacyspeyer.net to see a selection of photos from the book and more!
The pairs of forms below all show the shared symmetries between duals.
It all started when I was documenting the set of 15 metal polyhedra I made in 2009-10 for the Exploratorium, an amazing interactive museum in San Francisco. I was an artist-in-residence for a traveling exhibition called the Geometry Playground.
The act of thoroughly photographing each piece turned into an artistic exploration in how much the pieces changed at different angles. I was so surprised at the variety of moods in the pictures: from calm & ordered to chaotic & moving. I kept pursuing a long series of 'what if' questions as I unbolted forms to attach them onto or over other shapes.
The Goal & Rewards
The funds for the Kickstarter Campaign are needed to pay for the offset printing of this 220 page book, as well as the production & shipping of the rewards. I've spent 4 years making the best book I could. Now I need your help get this unique book into people's hands!
The set of rewards offered exist in my mind as a small gallery show of my recent geometric explorations. Most of what I make has a similar light open aesthetic whether the piece is made of metal, reed or acrylic. A few of the rewards are directly connected to the making of the book: posters, drawings, and laser cut paper forms.
One side project I've developed further for the Kickstarter Campaign is the collection of nets, that I'm calling a Net Book. (Nets are the 2-D pattern of polygons that can be cut out, folded, and taped to make a polyhedron.) Since my goal is to share the fun of polyhedra, I needed to do something to help out those people who are now excited about geometric shapes. They need a way to easily make their own polyhedra!
I made three Net Books, with about 40 nets each, that are available as PDF's (in letter size or tabloid) and printed out in tabloid size. One has nearly all the polyhedra shown in the 'Introduction to Polyhedra' chapter of the book. These are all plain for those who like clean lines to show off the structures or so that you can put your own patterns on them. In the second Net Book, the faces have patterns that enhance different symmetries of the forms. The third has some plain and some patterned nets, but all are in color.
Shown in the video is a Polyhedra Party I had where everyone came over to construct polyhedra from the nets I designed. The group had such a good time making them, that no one got up for the first hour to eat all the food I had set out in the kitchen!
The black & white nets below are the first reward: a plain and patterned set of the Platonic solids.
An example from the color NET BOOK.
POSTERS - a few of my favorite diagrams & images from the book. Some are 8 x 10" and others 10 x 16". If there is one you particularly want that is not currently available, contact me about it and I just might add it to the list. See more posters at polyhedra.stacyspeyer.net
8 x 10" (20.32 x 25.4cm)
10 x 16" (25.4 x 40.4cm)
AN ORIGINAL DRAWING - graphite 5 x 7" (12.7 x 17.78cm) of Catalan solids, part of the series used for the chart in the book!
Visit polyhedra.stacyspeyer.net to see all 6 drawings offered as rewards. The first backers to pick this reward get first choice of which drawing they want!
The next set of pictures show you the reward described as: A POLYHEDRON made of mostly air enclosed by pieces of laser cut PAPER. These delicate pieces are like a thin shell describing one possible pattern on a sphere.
Pictured below are the green & pink rhombic triacontahedron. The green is shown in the acrylic box that these pieces will be shipped in.
The pieces that I glued together to make these were laser cut using similar files as those used for the metal polyhedra. Some of these paper forms were needed to test out ideas before having them done in metal, some shapes were photographed for the explanation parts of book, and some I just made because they are super cool. The two above and one below are offered at one price level and they are all about 3.75" (9.53cm) in diameter. The first people to respond get first pick!
The two pictures below are of the same shape, 3 nested dodecahedra. Watch the video to see it go from the picture on the left to the picture on the right.
The 3 forms below are listed in the rewards as A POLYHEDRON of laser cut PAPER glued together - TWO INTERLACED shapes. Mathematicians tend to call them compound polyhedra because they are constructed of TWO separate polyhedra. The two on the left are duals woven together: a silver cub-octahedron with red rhombic dodecahedron, diameter 3" (7.62cm) and an aqua dodecahedron with a dark grey icosahedron, 3.75" (9.53cm) diameter. On the right is a dark blue icosi-dodecahedron with a purple icosahedron, 3.75" (9.53cm) in diameter. This is the same shape as the one on the cover of the book. Yes, the names are important if you want to tell me which form you want. Again, first to respond gets first pick!
This last reward, A POLYHEDRON of laser cut METAL, is the first in a new series of forms, but it is also the same size as the small icosahedron photographed in the book, 12" (30.48cm). Now that I am done making the book, I will have time to construct -and of course photograph- a new set of fascinating geometric sculptures!
Thank you so much for your interest in this project and any support you choose to give -even just sharing the link or sending a positive word- is much appreciated!
Risks and challenges
eThe biggest challenge from this point forward is waiting for the book to be printed and shipped. I have a few rewards to finish making and I need to find a printer for the Net Books.
I'm past the years of challenges that came with the research, re-writing, editing, re-working the layouts, and not knowing if I would ever finish it and hold a real book in my hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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