Symmetries of an Online Culture: Two-Colour Frieze Patterns in Friendship Bracelets
Symmetry: Culture and Science
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.
Beck, Kathryn, and Lorelei Koss. "Symmetries of an Online Culture: Two-Colour Frieze Patterns in Friendship Bracelets." Symmetry: Culture and Science 32, no. 1 (2021): 91-102. https://journal-scs.symmetry.hu/abstract/?pid=838