The International Year of Light 2015 focuses on several major events in the history of optical science, one in particular being the 200th anniversary of the detailed theory of optical diffraction developed by Augustin Fresnel. Fresnel's theory underpins the modern theory of the wave nature of light. By building upon his mathematics, we are able to describe complex interference phenomena, including those seen in nature through organisms such as the Morpho butterfly. "Morpho Wings" was inspired by microscopic images of the Morpho butterfly captured by the scientific leaders of IYL2015.
When this pattern is applied to fabric its blue coloration is heightened and appears iridescent. The repeating rectangle geometry reflects the shape of the scales that one might see up close, and also acts as a way of bringing the dark brown and black detailing of the butterfly into the pattern. The rectangles are positioned at slight angles in groups of four, representing the butterfly wings in motion.
Products which feature the new "Morpho Wings" pattern are available for purchase online through December 2015. Cerebella Design donates 15% of all product sales to IYL 2015 in support of their commitment to global science education in light-based technologies.