EVA KNOLL

Where many children wind down their "art practice" as they become older, Eva never stopped making art. She also never found mathematics difficult. Growing up, she regularly visited her paternal grandfather who had a workshop and made things in wood and metal. When she was there, he would ask her about some ideas that she might have had, and they would work out, together, how he could make them. These were her first forrays into design work.

She further developed her design experience through a degree in architecture (McGill University, 1993), After some work in the field, she went to graduate school, where she researched the mathematics in the art of Hans Hinterreiter (Université de Montréal, 1997). This gave her the opportunity to study some advanced mathematical topics, including number theory, topology and projective geometry.

She worked as graphic designer and webmaster, and began attending art and math conferences. During that time and inspired by some of her work with Origami, she designed and created a "participatory art project" that involved the barn-raising of a giant Endo-Pentakis-Icosi-Dodecahedron, an eighty-sided polyhedron made of triangular modules constructed of rip-stop nylon and graphite tubes. This project led to a variety of educational activities involving the use of the modules in mathematics teaching situations across grade levels, from kindergarten to graduate school. This work led her to attend the School of Education at the University of Exeter, from which she obtained a Ph.D. in 2008. Her research focused on the experience and affect of elementary student teachers practising mathematics enquiry at their level.

Since 2005, she has been teaching in the Faculty of Education of Mount Saint Vincent University, in Nova Scotia, Canada.

During her sabbatical in 2011-2012, she began investigating the mathematics in textiles, starting with the Constance Howard archive at Goldsmiths College, and the present programme of study emerged from this work. Though she is largely a self-taught artist, she also began a Visual Arts Certificate in Studio: Textiles/Fashion at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD).

She is the leader of the "MathWeave" group, acts as a bridge between the disciplines involved, manages this website and creates most of the artwork. she has been working with Tara Taylor since 2009 and Wendy Landry since 2011, Paul Carreiro since 2012 and Katie Puxley since 2013.

More information about her academic work can be found on her faculty page,

More informnation about her art can be found on her personal website.