a close up photo of a red and white textile piece by Dr Sabetta Matsumoto with an intricate pattern. With text: Guest Artist Sabetta Matsumoto

Sabetta Matsumoto

Artist Talk & Workshops with Sabetta Matsumoto

April 26 - 28, 2024

Dr. Sabetta Matsumoto from Georgia Institute of Technology will be discussing creative crafts and math research. What can physics learn from crochet? How does a simple stitch change the stretch of a scarf, and how are modern materials and manufacturing learning from their wooly ancestors? Join Dr. Matsumoto for a talk about curvature using pattern making, symmetries using quilt squares and flags, hyperbolic space using quilting at crochet, and knot theory and coding using knits.

Artist Talk  "Knotty Knits: a chat about math and crafts"

Friday, April 26

Terrace Room (426)
Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460


Open to the public 

Workshops with Dr. Sabetta Matsumoto

Open to Stanford affiliates (students, staff, and faculty)

Both workshops are currently at capacity, but please join the waitlist below and we'll inform you if a spot becomes available.


Workshop 1: "Curved Blankets"

Saturday, April 27, 1-3PM

Learn different ways of making fleece blankets. Sew or tie together hexagons, pentagons and squares to make ruffle throw blankets. No experience required. Supplies to make one blanket provided.


Workshop 2: "Hyperbolic Crochet & Knitting"

Sunday, April 28, 1-3PM

Crochet and knitting can make all sorts of items, from sweaters to stuffed animals. But did you know that you can learn math with them, too? In this workshop, you’ll play with geometry to grow your own crochet coral reef. Instructions for knitters will also be provided. This workshop is open everyone, but past knitting or crochet experience is highly recommended. Instructions will be given for a range of skill. Supplies provided for one crochet or knit hyperbolic surface.

About the Artist


Sabetta Matsumoto is an associate professor in the School of Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her physics research centers around the relationship between geometry and material properties in soft systems, including liquid crystals, 3D printing and textiles. Her lab studies knitted textiles from the point of view of knot theory and as an additive manufacturing technique. She is also interested in using sewing, 3D printing and virtual reality in mathematical art and education.



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