Title

Symmetries of an Online Culture: Two-Colour Frieze Patterns in Friendship Bracelets

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Department

Mathematics

Language

English

Publication Title

Symmetry: Culture and Science

Abstract

The mathematical study of frieze symmetry in art is well established; to date, scholarship has focused primarily on historical artefacts or traditional crafts. Here, we apply established tools to an emerging craft of a global online community. This paper studies frieze symmetry patterns in friendship bracelet designs found in the online database Braceletbook. Artists who contribute bracelet designs form a global community, with people from all six inhabited continents submitting patterns and over 140,000 registered users. We study which of the 24 two-colour frieze patterns can be realized in a friendship bracelet design and investigate the symmetry preferences of this community.

Comments

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DOI

10.26830/symmetry_2021_1_091

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