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Title: Hexaﬂexacube You may manipulate this piece!
Artist and Designer: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer (Woolly
Materials: Acrylic Double Knitting yarns; polyester wadding; ﬁshing line
Artist’s Statement: The Hexaﬂexacube consists of 18 crochet
triangles. The triangles are assembled into 9 padded sections, joined with
ﬁshing line so that coloured stitching does not show through from one side
to the other. The sections are joined in such a way that one face of the hexagon
is shades of green, one is pinks and the other is yellows. The joining is very
similar to a Mobius band.
For many years we have made paper hexaﬂexagons with children. Our original
crochet hexaﬂexagon was made as a large-scale example of the paper versions,
with the centres coloured in the same way. The Hexaﬂexacube isn’t a cube! It
just looks like a cube and when you explore it you can ﬁnd six diﬀerent faces,
each looking like a cube. At ﬁrst glance, many people think there are only
three diﬀerent faces but, on closer inspection there are two diﬀerent cubes
for each colour combination.
To manipulate the Hexaﬂexacube: Push down gently on the outer edge
of the centre line of all three rhombuses; the other edges will rise up. Push
them apart and you will see a new face. Repeat. How do you ﬁnd three more?