The Maths Craft Team

Armed with knitting needles and origami paper, the Maths Craft team are on a mission to bring maths to the masses.


Dr Jeanette McLeod is the co-founder and Director of Maths Craft New Zealand. She has a PhD in pure mathematics from the Australian National University, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury and a Principle Investigator in Te Pūnaha Matatini. Jeanette carries out research in the areas of pure and applied graph theory. She also knits, crochets, and sews. Her office is full of maths books and craft supplies.   


Twitter: @GraphyJ

Ravelry: @jnet


Dr Phil Wilson is Deputy Director of Maths Craft New Zealand. He has a PhD in mathematics from University College London, and is now a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Canterbury. He does research in fluid dynamics, mathematical modelling, and the philosophy of mathematics, and really enjoys explaining the fun and beauty of mathematics to a general audience. There really is, he believes, no such thing as “too many books”.

Twitter: @FlowPhil

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Sarah Mark is the Administrative Manager of Maths Craft New Zealand and a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Canterbury. She greatly enjoys modular origami, crocheting, colouring, and many other crafts. Sarah is also a tutor at UC and loves showing people of all ages the wonders of maths.


Dr Nicolette Rattenbury is a Professional Teaching Fellow at The University of Auckland, where she runs the Science Scholars Programme. Her mathematical background is in the numerical solution of ordinary differential equations. She has been involved in numerous outreach projects in both the UK and New Zealand, including the annual MOTAT Science Street Fair, the Auckland branch of MathsJam, and the Auckland MegaMenger event.


Twitter: @AklMathsJam

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Kate learnt sewing, knitting and crochet from her mother and grandmother, and has a BSc in Mathematics and Mathematics Education from Victoria University of Wellington. She enjoys the creativity of maths and the mathematical structure of crafts, and sharing them both with others. Kate also enjoys modular origami and quilting, and has tried her hand at both spinning and paper weaving.

Twitter: @KateMathy


Amanda Deacon is an undergraduate student at the University of Canterbury. She is fascinated by the intersection of mathematics and computer science, and loves sharing her passion for both fields with people of all backgrounds. She enjoys rock climbing, painting, jigsaw puzzles, and knitting warm socks.