Illustration graduate’s success

Illustration graduate, Naomi Price was presented with the Visual Culture Award at graduation, for her dissertation, which focused on the hexagon, a shape that Naomi is passionate and knowledgeable about.

The research Naomi did investigated humanity’s perception of hexagonal tessellation (tiling) and the relationship between science, art and spirituality. In recent months Naomi has been assisting Professor Brian Sutton, biophysicist and X-ray Crystallographer at King’s College, London, and artist Dr Shelley James in putting together presentations and interactive workshops, that explain the history and build up, leading to the discovery of quasi-periodic lattices, in particular hexagonal tiling.

Some of these presentations and workshops were recently hosted at The Arcade at the Bush House, in London on Thursday 8 February at an event entitled, Through the Looking Glass: the Science and Art of Mirror Symmetry.

The images show the pattern that was constructed, it is made up of a single hexagonal tile with a left- and right-handed version. This pattern was only recently discovered by mathematician- Joan Taylor.

Dr Marius Kwint, Reader in Visual Culture, and Naomi’s former dissertation tutor said: “I’m delighted for Naomi. It’s very rewarding to see the research that she began at Portsmouth take her so soon into creative work with a top scientist and artist, and in the same institution where Rosalind Franklin did her famous crystallographic work that contributed to the discovery of the structure of DNA. Naomi was self-motivated, focused and kept reviewing and developing her ideas. This story shows how a well conceived topic can flourish in all sorts of promising career directions.”

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