Weaving patterns inspired by the pentagon snub subdivision scheme

Henriette Lipschütz, Ulrich Reitebuch, Martin Skrodzki*, Konrad Polthier

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Various computer simulations regarding, e.g. the weather or structural mechanics, solve complex problems on a two-dimensional domain. They mostly do so by splitting the input domain into a finite set of smaller and simpler elements on which the simulation can be run fast and efficiently. This process of splitting can be automatized by using subdivision schemes. Given the wide range of simulation problems to be tackled, an equally wide range of subdivision schemes is available. This paper illustrates a subdivision scheme that splits the input domain into pentagons. Repeated application gives rise to fractal-like structures. Furthermore, the resulting subdivided domain admits to certain weaving patterns. These patterns are subsequently generalized to several other subdivision schemes. As a final contribution, we provide paper models illustrating the weaving patterns induced by the pentagonal subdivision scheme. Furthermore, we present a jigsaw puzzle illustrating both the subdivision process and the induced weaving pattern. These transform the visual and abstract mathematical algorithms into tactile objects that offer exploration possibilities aside from the visual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-103
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Mathematics and the Arts
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • fractals
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • Mesh subdivision schemes
  • paper models
  • pentagons
  • visual and tactile illustration
  • weaving


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