This designer is creating fashion prints from maths equations

Through geometric designs, the Sokhna print was used to create tie-dye like designs.

(CNN)Maths teacher Diarra Bousso Gueye was grading a set of algebra papers when she had a Eureka moment.

Gueye, who had long harbored fashion aspirations from her childhood when she made clothes for her dolls, pondered what if she took the equations she taught to create drawings and prints for clothing?
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oon after that classroom moment, her brand Diarrablu started using math concepts such as geometric transformations and quadratic transformations to create multiple prints in bold colors.
    "My work is fully focused on the use of mathematics for the creative process," she told CNN.
      The Joal print is named after an iconic coastal town in Senegal called Joal Fadiouth.
      One of her prints (pictured above) -- the Joal print -- was inspired by a class on exponential and quadratic functions, she says.
      According to Gueye, the seashell shapes were digitally-generated and graphed to create clam seashell shapes on swimsuits, kimonos, and dresses.
      Math equations were digitally generated and graphed to create the seashell shapes on the Joal print, Gueye says.
      "I am proud to call myself a creative mathematician and I spend my day doing or teaching math. As a result, all my creations have this DNA," she said.

        Wall street to fashion designer

        Gueye launched the clothing label in 2015 and started using maths equations in her designs a few years later. She currently shuttles between the US, where she teaches maths in a Silicon Valley high school and Senegal, West Africa, where her clothes are made.
        Her place of birth features heavily in her work and one of her current collections, the Joal print, is inspired by a Senegalese coastal town.
        "I developed the Joal print for SS20 which is the result of graphing essential seashells instead of drawing them, to recreate the ecosystem of Joal Fadiouth, an iconic coastal town in Senegal, " she said.
        When she was sixteen she moved to Norway to finish high school. Upon graduation, she moved to the US where she studied Maths, Economics, and Statistics. She later got a job on Wall Street working first at an investment bank, then later on the trading floor.
        But she never forgot her first love -- fashion