The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is a celebration of the intersection of complex math, handicraft, and the disappearing wonders of the marine world. Created & curated by Christine & Margaret Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring, the reef is coming to the Smithsonian this fall. A reef satellite group called the 'Smithsonian Community Reef' formed to bring the reef to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in a Temporary Exhibit in the Sant Ocean Hall, Ocean Focus Gallery October 16, 2010 – April 24, 2011.
Lancaster Yarn Shop invites YOU to be part of a very exciting, international project! Join us this THURSDAY, JULY 15 between 5 & 8 PM to learn the basics of hyperbolic crochet. Working with Lancaster fiber artist Christa Wissler, we'll put together our own 'South-Central Pennsylvania' reef which will be sent to Washington DC on August 30, 2010 to be installed with the rest of the reef.
We will meet with a teacher at least one additional time--& we get together weekly, so we have several weeks to get our reef together!
Last week at our weekly Knit Night, I mentioned the project & showed a slide show of some incredible photographs of crocheted coral. Interest was really piqued when a visiting cheerful crocheter named Niya from the Washington DC area spoke up. Turned out she is already involved in the project & not only did she have samples of crocheted coral in her car, she had beautiful book marks for everyone here! Many thanks to Niya for her enthusiastic hooking!
Margaret Wertheim's 'Beautiful Math of Coral (& crochet)'--a lecture from www.ted.com.
The main page for the IFF project is here.
Here are some ideas for creating your own coral.
The Smithsonian Satellite Reef: here.
Of course, there is a great group here on Ravelry!