Hyperbolic Honeycomb

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2016-11-10
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Stannard, Casey
Callahan, Paul
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The purpose of this design was to incorporate theory from non-Euclidian geometry and visual inspiration from a honeycomb into a garment for formal wear. Non-Euclidian geometry is a highly-theoretical geometry that works with the hyperbolic plane, which is a plane with constant negative curvature (Taimina, 2009). Non-Euclidian geometry can be modeled by employing shapes like pentagons, hexagons, and heptagons. The design was first modeled in paper on a half-scale form. Next, the shapes were cut from a caramel cotton. The decorative pieces sewn on the hem were made from designer cork tiles. Cork is sustainable and its fluid lines visually represented the honey in the honeycomb. The pattern for the cork was generated using Rhino 3D software and then exported to a computer numerical control (CNC) router. Each cork piece was then applied by hand to the dress. This piece is significant because it utilizes a novel material and theory.

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