Eva Knoll

Where many children slow down their "art practice" the older they get, Eva never stopped making art. She also never found mathematics difficult. Growing up, she also used to go visit her paternal grandfather, in Switzerland, who had a workshop and made things in wood and metal. When she did, he used to ask her about some ideas that she might have had, and they would work out, together, how he could make the it. These were her first forrays into design work.

Later, she studied architecture (McGill University, 1993), in the hopes that she could engage with both art and mathematics with significant depth. This proved a disappointment, and after some work in the field, she went to graduate school, where she wrote a thesis about the mathematics in the art wortk of Hans Hinterreiter (Univeristé de Montréal, 1997).

After her Masters', she spent some time working as graphic designer and webmaster, and attending art and math conferences. During that time and inspired by some of her work with Origami, she designed and created a "participatory art project" that involved the barn-raising of a giant Endo-pentakis-icosi-dodecahedron, an eighty-sided polyhedron made of triangular modules constructed of rip-stop nylon and graphite tubes.This project led to a variety of educational activities involving the use of the modules in mathematics teaching situations across grade levels, from Kindergarten to graduate school.

This work led her to attend the School of Education at the University of Exeter, from which she obtained a Ph.D. in 2008. Her thesis focused on the experience and affect of Elementary Student Teachers practising mathematics enquiry at their level.

Since 2005, she has been teaching in the Faculty of Education of Mount Saint Vincent University, in Nova Scotia, Canada.

More information about her academic work can be found on her faculty page,

More information about her art can be found on her personal website.

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