By Federico Cornetto
An ingenious programmer has invented an algorithm that helps her recreate classic artwork using only sewing thread and circular looms.
Programmer Ani Abakumova, 32, from Moscow, Russia, uses her own mathematic algorithm to find out how to arrange straight lines of thread on a loom so that they will recreate classic portraits.
She has invented a special computer programme able to convert a portrait into a knitting pattern, which she then reproduces by hand using coloured thread and circular looms.
With the only help of mathematics, Ani was able to reproduce stunning thread-made versions of classic portraits such as the Mona Lisa, the Girl with a Pearl Earring and the Ben Franklin $100 note portrait.
Ani says she’s the first one in the world do this with coloured thread instead of just black.
Ani said: “Without a computer programme it would not be possible for the human eye to create something like this.
“My programme analyses millions of possibilities of how to place the threads and when it finds the result that best matches the photograph it stops counting.
“There are a lot of other programmers that do this, and one that inspired me is Petro Vrellis.
“However, I am the first one to do this with coloured thread instead of just black.
“I enjoy seeing how mathematics can help create beautiful things.”