Rebecca George is a Melbourne based textile artist, exploring the connections between the patterns found in nature, in mathematics and in crochet stitches.
Rebecca studied Chemical Engineering and has been working in related fields since she was 18 years old. She has been crocheting since she was 6. She was never keen on following conventional crochet patterns, instead crocheting free-form to create clothing, toys or homewares. The Covid19 lockdown in Melbourne in 2020 brought an unexpected opportunity to both teach crochet online and provide time to explore crochet more creatively, using materials she already had at home.
Rebecca is inspired by the work of Daina Taimina, a Latvian mathematician who used crochet to help her and others visualise hyperic geometry. She also loves Vanessa Barrago’s tapestries, often of coral reefs, using recycled or waste materials. Rebecca has always been drawn to sculptures, a love of which began when she lived in Paris, walking past Rodin’s The Age of Bronze in Place Rodin every day. She enjoys seeing sculptures in stunning settings, such as Sculpture in the Close at Jesus College, Cambridge and the Lorne Sculpture Biennale.
Crocheting free-form allows for discovery of shapes. Mathematical shapes are interesting, from mobius strips which have a single surface and edge to hyperbolic shapes where parallel lines diverge. Many of these mathematical shapes appear in nature.
All Rebecca’s experiments with shape for sculptures are made from recycled materials or can be recycled or recreated into new art depicting coral reefs. White or monochromatic patches of bleaching of coral reefs from climate change is included as a reminder of man’s destruction of the coral reefs.
The R > 1 series of sculptures is a visual representation of exponential growth. The R number refers to the reproduction rate of infectious diseases. Exponential growth occurs everywhere in nature: cells dividing, the shape of lettuce leaves, mice numbers or coral shapes.
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
2021 Knox Immerse at Stamford Park Homestead
2021 Melbourne Design Fringe at Linden New Art
2021 Heide at Home Maquette Challenge winner
Rebecca’s art is sold through Studio 309, opposite the South Melbourne Market
For commissions or enquiries please message via Instagram @rebeccageorgeart