Creating Islamic Patterns from Folded Shapes

E.B. Meenan and B.G. Thomas
Proceedings of Bridges 2009: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2009)
Pages 367–374 Workshop Papers


In this practical workshop participants will learn how to fold shapes including squares, equilateral triangles and hexagons from colored paper circles and A-size paper. The participants will then have the opportunity to make Islamic patterns for themselves using the folded shapes. This work can be extended to include participants designing and making their own patterns. There will also be opportunities to discuss implications for classroom practice, and ways in which the ideas can be used for students of varying interests and abilities.