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Many beautiful designs and patterns are based on underlying mathematical principles of shape and symmetry. Using a ruler and compass, shapes can be constructed on paper which can form the basis of geometric patterns. In this workshop mathematician Katie Steckles and illustrator Hana Ayoob will talk you through the process and give you time – and inspiration – to design your own artwork, incorporating design ideas from traditional mandala shapes and patterns.

You will need:
  • A pencil
  • Plain paper
  • A ruler
  • A pair of compasses (for drawing circles).

You may also want to have: markers for drawing over lines, coloured pencils/pens, coloured paper, camera/smartphone to share photos of your finished work with us if you like!

This event will be live captioned.

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Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops and writes about mathematics. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio and TV, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet. She currently lectures part-time at Sheffield Hallam University.

Hana Ayoob is a freelance illustrator, science communicator and producer. Her art is inspired by traditional Indian designs, filled with intricate pattern and symmetry.


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