Updated till Dec. 2021
Publication of Crossroads between East and West / Raakvlakken tussen Oost en West
Edited by Frans Caigny
Contributions by Johan kamermans, Goossen Karssenberg, Wim van de Loo, Alfonso Pleguezuelo, Ger de Ree en Lejo schenk.
A book in two languages: Dutch and English (The English translation was corrected and improved by Hans van Lemmen, Leeds)
A richly illustrated book (223 pages) about geometric tile designs from the Netherlands (Chapters V, VII and VIII) and its links with the islamic design tradition. It focuses on unique finds, in and around Antwerp mainly, of squared 16th century tiles with a geometric decoration. Frans Caigny composed beautiful tableaux of 6x8 tiles using only one single tile that was available. He even managed to construct tableaux from some fragments of tiles only.
Chapter I is about the islamic history of geometric pattern design, Chapter II describes the important role of tin glaze in the fabrication of ceramic geometric decorations, Chapters III and VI shows links of both the islamic and the Dutch designs with Spanish tiles.
My contribution to this book consists of tens of drawings in which i analyze geometric properties of the designs. Besides i wrote a chapter (Chapter IV) on how geometric patterns can be analyzed.
This collaboration has led to a beautiful and highly unique publication
2019, September and November
Publications in Dutch: Geometric pattern design, a Persian Method
Part 1 in Pythagoras nr 1, Sep 2019
Part 2 in Pythagoras nr 2, Nov 2019
2018, nov 24
Lecture at Ars et Mathesis-dag
Theme: Book Snijpunt Isfahan by Maite Karssenberg
2017, feb 03
Two workshops during 'De Nationale Wiskundedagen' (the national conference for maths teachers).
Subject: Geometric Patterns from the Islamic Design Tradition in mathsclasses: A Goldmine (GEOMETRISCHE PATRONEN UIT DE ISLAMITISCHE ONTWERPTRADITIE IN DE WISKUNDELES: EEN GOUDMIJN)
2016, August 21
Workshop in Tropenmuseum Amsterdam. 2 sessions.
Subject: On drawing geometric patterns with Seven-stars
New puzzle set 'Heart-Cloud-Sun'. Published on this site, click here.
Short story 'Spiral figures' in Dutch. Published on this site, click here.
Book 'Mijn Opa de Trekvogel' by Liesbet Ruben. It contains three pages with drawings made by me.
ISBN 978 90 451 1855 0 NUR 232
2015, September 29, Oktober 1
Two workshop sessions for a group of four language- and drawing teachers. Subjects: Pattern design with pentagons, floral designs.
2015, April, May. A series of 14 lessons at Secondary School De Hogeberg, Texel. For results look here.
2015, January 5th
Article in local newspaper Noord-Hollands Dagblad by Nico Volkerts about my question for the National Dutch Science Quiz (broadcast dec. 2014). For details, look here.
2014, December 28
Braodcast of the Dutch National Science Quiz in which my question on a semiperiodic tiling was presented. For details look here.
2014, April, May
A series of about 14 lessons on patterns in islamic mosaics was delivered by Mrs. Karin Beneken-Kolmer and me to a group of 20 students at Secondary school 'De Hogeberg', Texel. For results, look here.
My article 'Learning Geometry by Designing Persian Mosaics' is published in issue nr. 100 (March 2014) of the Canadian journal 'For the Learning of Mathematics'.
2014, 1 and 2 February 2014
One-day workshop 'Geometrische Patronen', on designing geometric mosaics based on the Islamic tradition.
Attended by 13 people in total (quilters, designers, teachers, artists).
2014, 17 January 2014
Article by Pip Barnard about my fascination for Islamic geometric art and how it can be used in education.
20013, 30 December Publication of an article about the artwork by Maria Roelofsen and my work in 'Het Reformatorisch Dagblad'. Text: Janneke van Reenen-Hak, Images: Sjaak Verboom
2013, November. Publicaton of an article about my work in the Magazine 'Experiment NL', result of the collaboration between the dutch organisation for scientific research (NWO) and Quest. All subscribers of Quest received Experiment NL. Text:David Redeker.
2013, September. Workshop on geometric pattern design in the classroom. 1st international workshop week on islamic geometric patterns, Istanbul
At the Design Center of Istanbul a six-days congres was organized with lectures and workshops delivered by experts in this field. Incredibly inspiring!
2013, April-May A series of about 14 lessons on patterns in islamic mosaics (’Patronen in Islamitische Mozaïeken’) written by Goossen Karssenberg was given by Mrs. Marga Loos and Mr. Goossen Karssenberg to a group of 21 students (vwo 5, 16-17 years) at the Openbare Scholengemeenschap De Hogeberg Den Burg (Texel). Some results can be found here.
2013, May. Workshop delivered at a three day conference for mathematicians and artists on geometric Islamic patterns in Isfahan, Iran (www.mathhouse.org). Some pictures of the conference can be found here.
2013, April. A newly designed exercise (four hours of work) was introduced in a lecture and done by 10 students, age 16-17 years, of the osg 'De Hogeberg', Den Burg, Texel.
2013, March 27th Workshop for students, Institute for Studies of the Middle East, Leiden University.
2012, December 18th, Groningen University. Conference for mathematics teachers. Lecture about using islamic mosaics to teach geometry at all levels in secundary schools.
2012, June. Publication of article 'Designing Persian Mosaics in the Classroom. Students in the centre of a medieval design tradition' in the review for Dutch mathematics teachers called 'Euclides'
2012, June 15 - 17, Poster and puzzle presentation at the Uni-Bremen Symposium zu den Themen Bildung / FabLab / Nachwuchsförderung (http//fablabbremen.de/).
2012, May 25, guest visitor at osg De Hogeberg of the presentation by students of their designs of mosaics.
2012, May 11, guest lesson at osg 'De Hogeberg'. Instructions to help students design a mosaic.
2012, April 20, guest lesson at osg 'De Hogeberg'. The newly developed exercise on the construction of a mosaic following an old Persian manuscript.
2012, March 9, Workshop: 'De vliegers en pijltjes van Roger Penrose. Het verband met Perzische mozaieken'. (‘The kites and darts of Roger Penrose. Links with Persian mosaics’) Groningen University, for a group of 17 students age 17-18 years.
2011, December 20, lecture ‘De leerling in de rol van ontwerper van geometrische mozaïeken. Hoe een eeuwenoude islamitische traditie kan worden ingezet in de lespraktijk’ (‘Students in the role of a designer of geometric mosaics. How an old islamic tradition can be used in teaching practice’). Study day for teachers of mathematics, university Groningen
2011, September 29, Mosaic presentation evening held at the secondary school osg De Hogeberg, Texel. Audience: 100 students, parents and others. Lecture by Goossen Karssenberg, presentations of mosaics designed by students age 15-17, unveiling of a Persian mosaic-quilt made by Marga Loos.
2011, June 20, Workshop: ‘How to design an islamic mosaic by simply folding’ and workshop: ‘A-periodic tilings and the links with Persian mosaics’. Both workshops delivered at KSG Apeldoorn for groups of 30 students aged 15. In cooperation with the Zayandeh foundation (Aldine Aaten and Tom Goris, www.zayandeh.nl).
2011, March 4, Lecture: “Meetkunde met Islamitische mozaïeken” (“Geometry with Islamic mosaics”), Landelijke wiskunde C conferentie at de Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, organized by the vernieuwingscommissie cTWO (National Conference on the mathematics curriculum for secondary school students in the ‘Culture And Society Stream’)
2011, February, March, April: An improved series of about 12 lessons on patterns in Islamic mosaics (’Patronen in Islamitische Mozaieken’) written by Goossen
Karssenberg was given to a group of 14 students (vwo 4, 15-16 years) at
the Cosmicus College Rotterdam by Marjanne de Nijs, and to a group of
19 students (vwo 5, 16-17 years) at the Openbare Scholengemeenschap De
Hogeberg Den Burg (Texel) by Goossen Karssenberg.
2011, Jan. 29, Goossen Karssenberg (teacher in research) and Mrs.
Aldine Aaten (Freudenthal Institute), workshop “mathematics with the use of Islamic
tilings: Iran in the classroom”, Nationale Wiskundedagen, Noordwijkerhout,
70 participants (Mostly mathematics teachers).
2010, May 22, Tiling workshops with kites and darts, Yazd, Yazd Mathematics House (see May 20). Audience: 22 teachers.
2010, May 20, Tiling workshops with kites and darts, Isfahan, Isfahan Mathematics House, (on possible relations between medieval Islamic and modern tilings) Audience: 30 Teachers, students etc.
2010, May 16, Lecture on Teaching and Research Project on Islamic Tilings, Isfahan, Isfahan Mathematics House. Audience: 30 students, teachers etc.
2010, April 15: the students Maartje van Veen, Bart Post, and Saskia van der
Hoeven conducted a worskhop on Muqarnas [Islamic architectural structures],
which was conceived in the course Concrete Geometry 2009 taught
by JH, in class vwo 5 (18 students, age 16-17 years) at the Openbare
Scholengemeenschap De Hogeberg, Den Burg, Texel. This event was organized
by ‘teacher in research’ Goossen Karssenberg.
2010, February, March, April: A series of about 12 lessons on patterns in islamic
mosaics (’Patronen in Islamitische Mozaieken’) written by Goossen
Karssenberg was given to a group of 12 students (vwo 4, 15-16 years) at
the Cosmicus College Rotterdam by Marjanne de Nijs, and to a group of
18 students (vwo 5, 16-17 years) at the Openbare Scholengemeenschap De
Hogeberg Den Burg (Texel) by Peter Teubel and Goossen Karssenberg.
2010, January 27, Workshop ‘Wiskunde en islamitische mozaïeken’ (‘Mathematics and Islamic mosaics’), Aldine Aaten and Goossen Karssenberg, De achtste wiskunde conferentie voor docenten in het vmbo en de onderbouw havo/vwo, organised by APS (General Paedagogic Study Center), Utrecht. Audience: Teachers of mathematics at secondary schools, lower grades.
2009, Saturday, November 14, “Islamitische mozaieken uit de middeleeuwen als lesmateriaal” (“Teaching mathematics with the use of medieval Islamic mosaics”), Utrecht University, Ars et Mathesis day (foundation Ars et Mathesis, www.arsetmathesis.nl) (audience: 100 people, many of whom are mathematics teachers)
A presentation of a poster and a puzzle at the
Uni-Bremen 15- 17 June 2012
Symposium zu den Themen Bildung / FabLab / Nachwuchsförderung in MINT-Disziplinen. http://fablabbremen.de/