Poster or Presentation Title

Evaluating the Historical Accuracy of Blackwork Embroidery Patterns with Fractal Analysis

Location

Virtual | Room 2

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 3:45 PM

End Date

7-4-2021 4:00 PM

Department

Mathematics

Abstract

The intricate monochromatic embroidery that graced the collars and cuffs of Renaissance nobility and various domestic materials preserved from that era, a style known as blackwork, for it was traditionally done in black silk on white linen, has been little studied outside the historical costuming and crafting communities. Fractal analysis offers a means of objectively quantifying the complexity of blackwork designs and new lens through which to examine this embroidery technique. In this study, recreations of historical blackwork patterns from the Renaissance period, historically-inspired, and modern blackwork patterns were gathered. The fractal dimensions of these patterns were calculated using Fractal Count, a fractal analysis plugin for the ImageJ software. Subsequent statistical analyses will allow questions to be asked, and hopefully answered, about change in the complexity of blackwork designs over time and as a result of various technical, artistic, and sociocultural factors. Additionally, this study looks for trends in historical blackwork patterns that can be used to evaluate the historical accuracy of modern historically-inspired patterns.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Laura Kicklighter
Dr. Danny Cline
Chelsea TInklenberg

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Apr 7th, 3:45 PM Apr 7th, 4:00 PM

Evaluating the Historical Accuracy of Blackwork Embroidery Patterns with Fractal Analysis

Virtual | Room 2

The intricate monochromatic embroidery that graced the collars and cuffs of Renaissance nobility and various domestic materials preserved from that era, a style known as blackwork, for it was traditionally done in black silk on white linen, has been little studied outside the historical costuming and crafting communities. Fractal analysis offers a means of objectively quantifying the complexity of blackwork designs and new lens through which to examine this embroidery technique. In this study, recreations of historical blackwork patterns from the Renaissance period, historically-inspired, and modern blackwork patterns were gathered. The fractal dimensions of these patterns were calculated using Fractal Count, a fractal analysis plugin for the ImageJ software. Subsequent statistical analyses will allow questions to be asked, and hopefully answered, about change in the complexity of blackwork designs over time and as a result of various technical, artistic, and sociocultural factors. Additionally, this study looks for trends in historical blackwork patterns that can be used to evaluate the historical accuracy of modern historically-inspired patterns.