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Sample, Gordian Knot, 1996

This is a Sample. It was produced by Knoll Textiles. It is dated 1996 and we acquired it in 2011. Its medium is polyester and its technique is plain-weave derived compound weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Since the early 1980s, Jhane Barnes has been interested in the use of mathematics in the development of textile designs—especially fractals, which are visually complex, mathematically-generated patterns that are similar but non-repeating. Over the years, she has collaborated with Syracuse University mathematician, William Jones, and software designer, Dana Cartwright, to enhance WeaveMaker software with algebraic and algorithmic pattern generation capabilities.
Gordian Knot was introduced in 1996 as part of her Square Root Collection. Hilbert, named for mathematician David Hilbert (1862–1943) and also proposed for acquisition, was designed a year later to coordinate with Gordian Knot.
Together, Gordian Knot and Hilbert would augment the museum’s existing holdings of textiles and wallpapers by Barnes.

This object was donated by Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts. It is credited Gift of the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 30.5 x 22.9 cm (12 x 9 in.)

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Sample, Gordian Knot, 1996; Produced by Knoll Textiles (United States); USA; polyester; H x W: 30.5 x 22.9 cm (12 x 9 in.); Gift of the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture; 2011-22-3

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