The Textile Museum Journal: Crafting Novel Knotted Textiles With Mathematics

Series of overlapping white and black circles bound together by knots
Nithikul Nimkulrat, "Rhombi Knots" (detail), 2018.


As a part of our online interview series for The Textile Museum Journal, contributing scholar Nithikul Nimkulrat will discuss her experiments in applying mathematical ideas to the creation of knotted textiles. This presentation will shed light on ways in which textile knot practice can be influenced by mathematics and how novel knotted textiles can consequently be designed using mathematical concepts, particularly knot theory and tiling theory.

About The Textile Museum Journal

Our peer-reviewed journal is the leading publication for the exchange of textile scholarship in North America. Published each fall, it features research on the cultural, technical, historical and aesthetic significance of textiles from all around the world. Learn more about the journal

About Nithikul Nimkulrat

Nithikul Nimkulrat is a textile artist and researcher who intertwines academic research with textile practice, focusing on experiential knowledge in craft processes. Prior to her appointment as an associate professor at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she worked at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Estonia, Loughborough University in the United Kingdom and Aalto University in Finland, where she earned a doctorate in 2009. Her recent book is Crafting Textiles in the Digital Age (Bloomsbury, 2016).

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the program starts (12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

About the Series

In this virtual series, authors who contributed to volume 49 of The Textile Museum Journal discuss new research on mathematics and textiles with guest editor Jeffrey C. Splitstoser. Browse all interviews