Beauty and complexity

Two parts of my life seemed unrelated, only to coalesce into a fun new idea.

Booth at a holiday market

1. I am SO proud of my best friend – she is starting her own business where she builds relationships with artisans across the world and brings beauty to our homes!

She off-hand told me that she can design patterns that the weavers can then produce.




2. I have been taking an online course about Complex Systems and have been learning about Elementary Cellular Automata. These are systems with rule sets to update a center cell based on the value of the possible neighborhoods, and they create BEAUTIFUL patterns.

We’ve been visualizing with Netlogo:

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Here’s just a handful of patterns (resulting changing the rule set) that I would love to put on a rug or pillow! Which one would you pick? Are you a chaos-appreciator, or do you want a regular pattern (..and then you have to decide: fixed point? period 2?)?

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