Cherry Arbor Design

Cherry Arbor Design

About The Artist

Heidi Robb • Ann Arbor, MI

At Cherry Arbor Design, we create pieces that integrate math and art. We focus on the user experience, drawing people in to actively engage, create, and think about the mathematical ideas underlying our work. We combine our career experiences in math, computer science, teaching, and statistics with the study of art and design of interactive forms.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

We work primarily with felt and Baltic birch plywood. Felt is an amazing combination of tactile experience with the ability to explore the visual patterns that inspire us. Thin ply is ideal for the mathematical puzzles and tilings we make. It allows us to explore many different finishes and designs, while being strong yet light, which makes the pieces satisfying to handle and manipulate.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Math and art can be social activities, and we develop those ideas that inspire conversation and the potential for collaboration. Geometry and its connections with nature are very accessible with many of our pieces. It has been a wonderful experience for us and our customers exploring these patterns.