Activities

A list of current and past projects, installations, commissions and exhibitons with links to relevant pages and websites. Madeleine creates work which does not fall within these definitions so please also explore the portfolio section of this website.
Exhibits and Activities

Current

The First Footprint
Knitted wall hangings and accessories in celelebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first humans on the Moon.

Cosmonauts & Space Dogs
Series of knitted wall hangings inspired by the Russian space programme of the early 1960s.

Bearded Men & Blue Stockings
Series of knitted wall hangings depicting James Clerk Maxwell, D'arcy Wentworth Thompson, Mary Somerville, Ada Lovelace and other Victorian scientists with Scottish connections.

Cellular Automata
Scarves, wraps, headbands, cowls and mitts featuring mathematically generated patterns, specifically Rule 30 from Wolfram's 1-D cellular automata list and the Pulsar from Conway's Game of Life 2-D automaton. The aim of this project is to use these patterns for their visual appeal. The Pulsar motif bears a striking resemblance to traditional Fair Isle and Shetland patterns so Madeleine is working towards a traditional sweater collection using the mathematical patterns.

Mathscraft
A growing collection of objects, both practical and sculptural, made by applying mathematical ideas to knitting, crochet, patchwork and other crafts. The collection is available for exhibition and Madeleine is happy to conduct workshops based around these ideas for galleries, museums and science festivals. If you are interested in booking a Mathscraft even, please contact Madeleine directly.

Completed
2018 - Knit the Shorelinet
One of six community engagement art projects commissioned by the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Shoreline project.
information page on this site
Edinburgh Shoreline website

2016 - Action painting on silk
A collection of painted silk scarves using the action painting technique made famous by the abstract expressionists of the 1940s and 50s. Instead of building depth and texture the dyes bleed together in interesting and unpredictable ways.

2015 – The knitting wheel of fortune
A collection of randomised scarves designed using decisions taken by public with a "wheel of fortune" and several dice at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. The scarves were knitted live during the event on a basic chunky knitting machine and have since been exhibited at Coburg House Open Studios.

2014 – Knitted Neuraminidase
A large scale sculpture of protein molecule commissioned for International Year of Crystallography in Australia by the Society for Crystallography in Australia adn New Zealand (SCANZ)

2013-now – Botanica Mathematica (with Julia Collins and Jo Macrae)
A mass-participation textile project on maths of growth
project website

2011-12 – The Mathematician’s Shirts (with Julia Collins)
ASCUS Award textile installation embodying mathematical ideas using distorted shirts
project website

2010 – Attack of the Knitted Tentacles (with Carmen Moran)
Site specific textile interventions in science fiction book store
portfolio page

2009 – Alba ad Astra (with Writers’ Bloc)
photography and alternate history dossier on Scotland’s forgotten space programme
portfolio page

2008 – Alien Surfaces
portfolio page

2007– A Bestiary of Authors
portfolio page