Sample, Beaded Alphabet, B, 2015
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from The Haas Brothers and R & Company as part of Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.
This beading sample demonstrates one of the beading patterns used to create the flowers in the Afreaks collection. The beads are assembled using hyperbolic geometric structures. Such patterns govern many natural phenomena, including as coral formations. The Haas Brothers created an “alphabet” of twenty-six beaded hyperbolic flowers that communicate these patterns to The Haas Sisters, who have not had access to formal math education.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 15.2 × 10.2 cm (6 × 4 in.) (approx.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.