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About davescarthin

After terminating academic and local government careers, long an independent bookseller/publisher at Scarthin Books, Cromford, Derbyshire, UK. An antiquarian bookseller in two senses, I now have more time to be an annuated independent post-doc, developing the long dormant topic of lattice labyrinth tessellations - both a mathematical recreation and a source of compelling practical tiling and textile designs. Presenting a paper and experiencing so many others at Bridges Seoul 2014 Mathart conference was a great treat, as were the spirited MathsJam Annual Conferences in November 2016 and 2017. I'm building up to a more academic journal paper and trying hard to find practical outlets in graphic design and landscape architecture. I submitted 8 ft square tiling designs to the Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail in 2016 and 2017. I love giving illustrated talks, tailored to the audience. Get in touch to commission or to collaborate.

A Tessellation in the Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail, 10,11 September 2016

The 2016 Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire, UK, begins on Saturday 10th. September with the pioneering and now widely-famed Art and Architecture Trail which takes you from surprise to surprise, in and out of gardens, up and down the ancient hillside town … Continue reading

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Vive la France; An Addition to the Grandeur of Paris for le Quatorze Juillet, Bastille Day, la Fête Nationale,

Bill Bryson remarks somewhere that a Martian visitor desiring to be taken to our leader would chose Vienna as the likeliest place to find him or her, judging by the magisterial grandeur of its imperial  architecture and the overbearing opulence … Continue reading

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Inspired by the Month of June, Square Lattice Labyrinths with Even Separation Parameters

After many blog posts inspired by dates, including the Queen’s Birthday, Christmas Day, the National Days of Argentina, Brazil and Taiwan and the date of my Hip Op, it’s time for some basic tuition – though June, the sixth month, … Continue reading

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Tessellations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Ninetieth Birthday. Long may you reign.

I am old enough to remember the celebration of  the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, to whom we refer always as simply “The Queen”. I can even remember the date – 2nd. June 1953. In the village of Spratton, Northamptonshire, … Continue reading

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Cameron’s Folly – The British IN or OUT of the European Union Referendum – Diatribe, Debate and Tessellation

The question of whether or not Britain should be a member of the EU is too complicated and subtle even for ME, let alone the average British elector to decide upon. It is JUST the sort of question we elect … Continue reading

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A Complete Hip Replacement Tessellation for Thornbury Hospital, Sheffield & the NHS, from a Grateful Hipster

For the technical brilliance of my Complete Hip Replacement operation at Thornbury Hospital, Sheffield I am more than grateful, but I cannot personally endorse the craftsmanship as, in addition to the epidural total-nether-number (pronounced “nummer”), I opted to be “put … Continue reading

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Lattice Labyrinth Tessellations for Apple’s Steve Jobs – a cryptic iPhone cover design?

So far as Apple’s logo is concerned, it can be any colour so long as it’s black, to paraphrase Henry Ford. One colour makes it difficult to shade the tiles of a tessellation, so I’ve had to borrow some other … Continue reading

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