About this project
Come join the Polyhedra Party!
Help raise funds to get this beautiful 220 page book printed and experience the joy of making, looking at, and learning about polyhedra!
From the Polyhedra Party Manifesto: Anytime you make geometric forms, it is so fun that it feels like a party!
Polyhedra: Eye Candy to Feed the Mind
The fascinating photos shown in this book come from a series of metal sculptures I made when I was as an Artist-in-Residence at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, working on a traveling exhibition called the Geometry Playground.
Every photo has its own unique play of lines. Some emphasize the harmony of geometry and others reveal the dynamic movement of these intriguing 3D forms. As the beauty of an image inspires you examine it closer, you will start to learn about the geometric connections between polyhedra.
To see more pictures from the book Polyhedra: Eye Candy to Feed the Mind, click on this link:
Watch all these parts and pieces come together to make a metal icosahedron!
If looking at the photos leaves you curious to know more about these snazzy shapes, there is an Introduction to Polyhedra chapter, which breaks down the parts of a polyhedron and shows how the shapes relate to each other. Every page uses images and diagrams to help you understand the concept explained on that page. The light, easy-to-read writing style makes it accessible for both adults and children.
I spent over 4 years researching, writing, making diagrams, and perfecting the layout of images, text, and charts to make the best book I could. I've had the book edited by both a science writer and a mathematician who studies this area of math. The book is complete and ready to send to the printer.
With your help, we can get this beautiful book into people's hands!
The amount I'm trying raise in this Kickstarter Campaign is the minimum needed to cover the cost of offset printing Polyhedra: Eye Candy to Feed the Mind, shipping, and fees from Kickstarter and the credit card company. All other expenses of throwing this Polyhedra Party are being covered by me.
Balanced between art and mathematics, this quirky collection of shapes sparks curiosity in adults and children who love art, design, and pattern. Teachers, mathematicians, scientists, engineers, computer programmers, designers, and artists who have seen this material before in other forms will be delighted by the uniqueness of the photographs, the playful descriptions, and the fact that they can show this book to those unfamiliar to the topic and get them excited about it, too!
Cubes and Things
Cubes and Things, the 3D coloring book I designed, is an excellent addition to the words and pictures of Polyhedra: Eye Candy to Feed the Mind. It is so much fun to color and construct your own geometric shapes!
Did you know that a 2D arrangement of polygons, which folds up into a 3D shape is called a net? Since Cubes and Things is a book of nets, I call it a Net Book.
Cubes and Things complements the current coloring craze as it is both relaxing and enjoyable to color the pages, but it goes further. After coloring, you can cut out the net, fold all interior angles, and tape it together to make your own polyhedron! It is a fun easy activity for children (ages 5 and up) who then get to play with their new shapes. Adults can also play with or display them to make any spot of their home look cool!
When I share the fun of coloring and building polyhedra I call it a Polyhedra Party. I've lead groups of friends of all ages, kids in schools, the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio, and in my own booth at Maker Faire. In all of these places, I see the same focused joy on the faces of the new polyhedra makers. Everyone is delighted to see how the pattern they colored comes together around their new shape.
For this Kickstarter campaign I created a new Net Book called Color Symmetries. It will be available as a downloadable PDF or you can get the PRINT version on light-weight card stock and the PDF, too. The designs on this set are extra special because of how they use color to highlight particular symmetries of the polyhedron.
Of course you may color these shapes any way you want, but you have the option of following the color-by-number page to create symmetric colorings on your polyhedron.
Below is a chart of the Rewards. I would suggest first reading the explanations in list of rewards to the right and then use the list to see at a glance which tiers come with a PDF and which with a PRINT version, etc.
Please note that all tiers include the POINT of my thanks to you for joining my Polyhedra Party on the special Kickstarter Backer Thank You page of my website (unless you choose to be an anonymous Backer).
The PRINT versions of both Polyhedra: Eye Candy to Feed the Mind and Cubes and Things rewards are offered at a Kickstarter wholesale price!
All reward prices include the cost of shipping within the United States. Additional shipping fees for those outside the USA vary depending on the country and the items.
Explanations of Higher Reward Tiers
Remember that all higher tier rewards come with a PRINT and PDF version of both Polyhedra: Eye Candy to Feed the Mind and Cubes and Things plus the fabulous items listed below.
My polyhedra obsession began with experiments using this triaxial plaiting structure with basketry reed.
The charming organic character of these forms means that each one varies in diameter. The small shape (an icosidodecahedron) is 3 - 4” (7.62 - 10.16cm) in diameter and the larger shape (a rectified truncated icosahedron) is 5 - 6” ( 12.7 - 15.24cm).
$125 - ARCHIMEDEAN - This comes with the pair of shapes, pictured below and on the left. You get one small and one large in the natural color of the reed.
$140 - INDIGO ARCHIMEDEAN - This comes with a pair of indigo dyed shapes, one small and one large. You get to choose between the warm medium blue shown in the middle and the deep indigo blue on the right. Yes, you can have a pair that has one light blue shape and one in dark blue. Please contact me about it.
These geometric sculptures combine my passion for polyhedra with the materials and techniques from my textile background.
$300 - TWISTED TETRAHEDRON - The cotton thread lines of this delicate yet sturdy geometric sculpture are held in place because they are wound into holes in the laser cut acrylic. The tetrahedron's vertices are bent and bolted by me. I'll be making 4 of them (in royal blue, lime green, orange and fuchsia), but I might be willing to dye the threads in a color of your choice. Ask me about it! The diameter of this regular polyhedra is 7.5” (19.05cm)
$150 - FACETED - Get your own personalized net! I'll work with the symmetries of your images or drawings and send you both a PRINT and PDF version of it. Please note that the nets are my art work, so I might refuse certain images if they don't feel right or I may crop them to better show off a play of symmetries. Don't you need a dodecahedron with 6 photos of someone you care about?
$200 - POLYHEDRA PARTY - In the last year I have begun bringing my passion for polyhedra into schools: showing my art, the geometry it uses, and leading a Polyhedra Party workshop. A number of teachers mentioned having classes who would enjoy this experience, but that their school does not have funds to pay me. If you choose this, I will do a Polyhedra Party at one of the schools in the Bay Area who I know would love the experience!
$250 - GRAPHITE - Pick one of these two pencil drawings done for Polyhedra: Eye Candy to Feed the Mind. The one on the left illustrates concepts of Topology (though a color version was used in the book) and the one on the right show two attempts to bring to life two Catalan solids (the rhombic triacontahedron and the pentagonal hexecontahedron). The first person to respond gets the first pick!
The three pieces below are all made in the same method as was used in the book Polyhedra: Eye Candy to Feed the Mind.
$550 - PAPER ART - The two paper pieces on the left are like two thin shells; each describing one possible pattern on sphere. They are made from many pieces of laser cut paper carefully glued together. The first person to respond gets first pick!
I did a series of these elegant and delicate paper polyhedra. Some were used to illustrate concepts in the Introduction to Polyhedra chapter, others to test out ideas before cutting them out of metal, and some I just made because they are super cool. They will be shipped in an acrylic box that can be used as a display case. Both are about 3.75" (9.53cm) in diameter.
On the left is a compound polyhedra, made of an aqua dodecahedron interlaced with a dark grey icosahedron. In the middle is an orange rhombic triacontahedron.
$1400 - METAL MAGIC - The visual appeal of such a light open geometric sculpture is contrasted by the intrinsic weight of metal. The pieces of this icosahedron are laser cut steel that I bent and bolted together. It is the same size, 12" (30.48cm) in diameter, as the small icosahedron photographed in Polyhedra: Eye Candy to Feed the Mind, and is part of a new series of metal forms that I am constructing.
Remember that these rewards are here for you. If you would like a slightly different arrangement of something that I offered, ask me about it. If I can add in your personal reward option, I will.
Do you want to know more about my art and how it went from weaving to polyhedra? Check out the video from my first Kickstarter here:
Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. Thank you so much for looking through this!
Risks and challenges
Spending so many years working on a book, when I didn't know how it would get printed was a challenge but, when I start a big project, I need to see it through to completion.
Doing a Kickstarter for a second time is a big risk. It was really hard having the last one not work out. However, I found a more affordable printer for the same quality. This means I can do the Kickstarter at nearly half the prior amount needed.
Even though it wasn't successful, that first Kickstarter kicked me into action and taught me many things that I needed to do differently this time.
I like a good challenge, working hard, and learning new things. Doing a Kickstarter is all that and more. I'm looking forward to getting the chance to meet more people interested in polyhedra and —with your help— getting to do the work of fulfilling orders and sending off copies of my books!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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