Message #267 Date: Sun 29 Nov 1998 Subject: Symmetries of Patterned Textiles, Workshop May 7-9, 1999 [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Dorothy K. Washburn DKWashburn@worldnet.att.net Workshop: Symmetries of Patterned Textiles Date: May 7-9, 1999 Friedrick Conference Center 1950 Willow Drive University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisc. 53706 This 2-day workshop is designed to introduce academic researchers as well as practicing artisans to the geometric symmetries which generate the structure of finite, one-dimensional, and two-dimensional patterns. Such patterns ubiquitously appear on plane surfaces such as textiles, tiling, or ceramics all over the world. Analysis of the symmetries which give pattern structure affords a way to systematically describe and compare pattern as well as enables new perspectives on the ways this structural property interfaces with other sociocultural systems of material and conceptual culture. The instructors are preeminent authorities in the field of pattern analysis. Professor Donald Crowe, Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and coauthor with Dorothy Washburn of Symmetries of Culture, will present an introductory overview of the plane symmetries. Professor Doris Schattschneider, Professor of Mathematics, Moravian College, author of M.C. Escher: Visions of Symmetry, will present the colorings of the plane. Professor Branko Grunbaum, Professor of Mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle, and co-author of Tilings and Patterns with G. C. Shephard will present his expanded version of the symmetries of the plane, especially those of the fabric plane, which account for many complex textile patterns. Kevin Lee, Professor of Computer Science at Century College, will instruct participants with a hands-on demonstration of his Tesselmania software which generates many of these patterns. Verda Elliott, renowned weaver and teacher, will describe the process of designing symmetrical patterns on the loom. Program Schedule: May 7, 1999 Friday Arrival throughout day; 3pm check-in at Friedrick Center Evening Reception at Friedrick Center: Meet participants; exchange bibliographies, publications. Demonstration presentation of Tesselmania software by Kevin Lee. May 8, 1999 Saturday Crowe: Introduction to the plane symmetries Schattschneider: The color symmetries Lunch: Box lunches at Friedrick Center Afternoon: Grunbaum: Expanded plane symmetry classes Evening: Dinner buffet at Friedrick Center May 9, 1999 Sunday Morning: Grunbaum: Geometries of Fabrics Elliott: Weaving symmetries on the loom Lunch: Box lunches at Friedrick Center Afternoon: Lee: Hands-on pattern making with Tesselmania software Departure: late afternoon or next morning Registration: There is a registration fee of $75.00 which covers the costs of the handout materials, two box lunches and the Saturday dinner buffet. Housing for a limited number of participants is available at the Conference Center at the rate of $52 for a single and $62 for a double room, breakfast included. To reserve a room, please call the Center directly, mentioning that you are attending the Symmetry Workshop. (Front desk: (608)-231-1341; Reservations: (608)-262-0881). Reservations must be made at least 3 weeks prior to the Workshop date. At the time you make your reservations, notify them if you need parking space. A list of other motels and hotels in the Madison area is available on request. The Madison area is served by the Van Galder Bus lines which operates frequent service from O'Hare airport to the Student Union on the University campus. It is a 3 & 1/2 hour trip, costing $18 each way. Phone number for schedules: 800-747-0994. Several airlines (Midwest, Northwest, Delta, American, United) have service to the Madison airport. The cab fare from the airport to the Friedrick Center is approximately $12. Conference Organizers: Dorothy K. Washburn, The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Liberal Arts Division, Baltimore, Maryland 21217. Home phone: 609-737-7451. E-mail: DKWASHBURN@worldnet.att.net Donald W. Crowe, Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 53706. Home phone: 608-233-3604. E-mail: email@example.com (not operative 11/25-3/5). Sponsors: This workshop has been made possible by the generous support of the Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, and the National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education, Interdisciplinary Course and Curriculum Development. --------------------------------------------------------------- Registration Form: Complete the attached registration form and send with your $75 registration fee to Dorothy Washburn, 120 Pleasant Valley Road, Titusville, NJ 08560. In order to insure that adequate teaching materials are prepared, individuals should register by April 1, 1999. Checks should be made out to Dorothy Washburn (a separate checking account will be set up at the Trenton Saving Bank for receipt and disbursement of these funds). Upon receipt of your $50 fee and this form, confirmation of your place in the Workshop will be sent with a map of the University campus, showing location of the Friedrick Center. All sessions of the workshop will take place at the Center except for the Sunday software workshop which will be in a computer classroom in Van Vleck Hall. Name: Home Address: Home Telephone: Home E-mail: Institution Address: Institution Telephone: Institution E-mail: A list of participants will be distributed at the Workshop. ---------------------------------------------------------- Symmetry Workshop: Registration Confirmation Complete Registration form received:______ $75.00 Registration fee received:______ Details: We look forward to your participation in the Symmetry Workshop. This is an intensive, instructional workshop, so be prepared to take notes! We hope that you will bring your work with pattern symmetries, whether it be scholarly research, experiments with symmetrical patterns on woven fabrics, or computer based graphics. Friday evening will be devoted to an informal exchange of reprints, ideas, publication brochures, web site addresses, work-in-progress--whatever you would like to share.