Knotical – Fabrication



The design of the overall Ocean in the Knotical Scene is due to Tasha Pruitt and Dominique Ehrmann, with Tasha taking care of the execution of numerous, painstaking details. For some components she was assisted by Kathy Peterson, Faye Goldman, Sam Pezzimenti, Li-Mei Lim and Ingrid Daubechies, who used crochet, bead and origami techniques to fabricate those critters and rocks that Tasha did not make herself. The knotilus, also called origamulus (origami-folded nautilus), was folded by Faye, and then painted and further adorned by Tasha.


The Johnson polyhedra strewn in an around the scene were 3D-printed by Shapeways from 3D-printing designs by Henry Segerman; some of them function as head “armature” for beaded jellyfish, which were beaded by Faye and Ingrid following this design. The 3D printed polyhedra were painted by Tasha, and the three on the bakery terrace were embellished by Ingrid. Six sculptural symmetrical pieces designed by George Hart were colored by Tasha.

  • Coral reef and see creatures in Knotical Scene

Antikythera mechanism

The amazingly accurate-looking antikythera mechanism copy was fabricated by Tasha. This reproduction was made from polymer clay and painted with acrylic paint.

Jake Wildstrom crocheted the theta-curve knot creatures and the large octopus lazing at the entry of the Bay, with eyes made of polymer clay by Ingrid and transplanted by Tasha. The net hauling up the theta-curve critters was fabricated by Tasha. 

Read Knots, trivial and otherwise by Jake


The boat was designed by Vernelle Noel and fabricated by Sabetta Matsumoto, using wire-bending (a traditional Trinidad-Tobago technique to fabricate mardi-gras costumes, which Vernelle has revived and studies from her vantage as an architect). The skin of the boat consists of strips of soft leather woven by Sabetta through the wire skeleton. 

The masts and the turbo-sails were designed by Sabetta; the stability of the boat, its masts and the net-hauling mechanism owes a lot to the ingenuity and dexterity of Stefan Zauscher. 


Knottie the swimming dragon, the Herons hauling up the net and the Penguins in the crow’s nest of the boat are all made in ceramics by Liz Paley.

Penguins in the Knotical

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