The Barnsley Fern in felt
The Barnsley Fern in feltThe Barnsley Fern in feltThe Barnsley Fern in feltThe Barnsley Fern in feltThe Barnsley Fern in felt

Cherry Arbor Design

$24.00

We first encountered the Barnsley fern when we were contacted by staff from the Ann Arbor Civic Theater to help them with a set design for Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia. Because of the fractal themes in the play, they wanted to create images of large fractal ferns, known as Barnsley ferns, for the set. We worked with them to determine the scale, and after some thinking, came up with the idea of creating a set of chipboard stencils that the set crew could use to paint 24 foot ferns.

The Barnsley fern is not drawn in the typical way. Rather, it generated from a sequence of random numbers fed into an algorithm. The Barnsley fern is self-similar and therefore a fractal!

We explore the dimensions of the Barnsley fern in 5 mm thick German felt with our latest creation. This non-woven textile is naturally moisture-resistant, durable, renewable, and just plain gorgeous. Designed and made in Ann Arbor.

Sizes: 9,12 and 15 inches. Light or dark green.