“Oh, no! Not geometry,” you say! But hang on, this fractal stuff can really be fun!
I saw a fascinating documentary on TV last night, so I thought to share the highlights with you.
We owe the term fractal to Benoît Mandelbrot—a Jewish Lithuanian who was born in Warsaw but fled from the Nazis to France with his family in 1936.
Although the concept of fractals dates back to the 17th-century German mathematician, Gottfried Leibniz, there was no visual way to explore them in depth until the computer and, of course, Benoît’s ingenuity.
Fractals are shapes outside the regular circles, triangles, rectangles, and squares of traditional geometry, encompassing those like clouds, mountains, lightening, broccoli, coastlines, and veins, all of which can be produced through recursive algorithms.
The photos posted in this article have emerged out of the equation zn+1 = zn2 + c (the Mandelbrot set). The photo to the left is a closeup of the photo at top right.
Born 1954 in Maryland, USA, and educated at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Jhane Barnes has diverged from tradition of artistic drawing by incorporating fractals and computer algorithms into her menswear since 1978.
Wrongly labeled a fashion “geek,” this fashion “genius” has produced limited editions of designs that never repeat twice.
The Jhane Barnes 2009 a/w collection brilliantly features a revolutionary new line of engineered, digital prints with fancy woven techniques and an unlimited color palette, which uses less water—hence making the collection environmentally sensitive.
So, if you bombed out of high school geometry or you just made it through by the skin of your teeth, now you have a second chance! And you can wear it too!