Daina Taimina received all her formal education in Riga, including completing PhD in mathematics (1990) for the work in Theoretical Computer Science. 30 years taught different mathematics courses in the University of Latvia and Cornell University. Crocheted first hyperbolic plane for using it in non-euclidean geometry class in 1997. Since then has turned geometric models to fiber art pieces. Has given many public lectures and invited talks, and participated in art shows in USA, Belgium, Latvia, Italy, UK. Has written several books in mathematics. The most recent book is for the general audience about exploring hyperbolic geometry through crochet – Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes, AKPeters, 2009.
Her extensive work on developing hyperbolic crochet has inspired women throughout the world to become involved in Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reefs (originated and curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim/ The Institute For Figuring) in many countries including, the US, Great Britain, Ireland, Latvia, Australia, South Africa.