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 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. Her research interests include combinatorics, Latin squares, graph colouring and random graphs, and she also knits, crochets and sews. Together with Dr Julia Collins, she created the inaugural Maths Craft Festival which was hosted by the Auckland Museum in 2016. Jeanette also runs a 'Stitch n Bitch' craft group in the School of Mathematics & Statistics, where people can relax and craft every week, away from the stresses of academia. Her office is full of maths books and craft supplies.


Twitter: @GraphyJ

Ravelry: @jnet


Dr Phil Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Canterbury. He has a PhD in mathematics from University College London, and does research in fluid dynamics in biology and industry. He also enjoys explaining the fun and excitement of mathematics to a general audience, and so was thrilled to be one of the organisers of the 2016 Maths Craft Festival. He helps Jeanette run the weekly Stitch n Bitch craft group at UC.

Twitter: @FlowPhil


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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Sarah Mark is a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Canterbury.  Sarah was heavily involved in the 2016 Maths Craft Festival and is now part of the team heading up Maths Craft in 2017. 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.