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Crocheting the Coral Reef.


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This scene would take mountains of wool to recreate.

I have lately been admiring the crocheted coral and other sea creatures designed by jpolka. But I did not know of the application of crochet to the hard science of the sea until I read about hyperbolic crochet, a means of creating complex models of hyperbolic planes using the basics of crochet--hook and yarn. The resulting works can be gorgeous as well as enlightening. Cabinet Magazine (available online and at the Library) featured in its Issue 16 Margaret Wertheim, director of the Institute for Figuring, Daina Taimina, and David Henderson, three leading thinkers in this field. The article provides a friendly introduction to hyperbolic crochet, and it is illustrated with examples of the crocheted works by Taimina. Wertheim is currently at work curating a woolly New York Reef, and contributors are invited to take part.

And, on Tuesday, April 8th, at 7:00pm, craft will collide with science at the American Museum of Natural History, when Wertheim talks with Kate Holmes, a marine biologist at the museum. As described on the museum's site, the evening's topic will be "the plight of coral reefs and the art of 'hyperbolic crochet,' a fusion of handicraft, mathematics, marine ecology, conservation activism, and collective artistic practice." Entrance fees will be $15.00 per person, or a reduced $13.50 per member, student, or senior citizen. You can read more about the evening on the museum's events page.

I hope to see you there! In the meantime, you can get tips on creating your own hyperbolic creatures at the the Institute for Figuring's website.


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Ah, the intersections of Art

Ah, the intersections of Art and Craft!

Another Coral Reef Event

I was lucky to be a contributor to the New York Reef. I say lucky because I found out only a few days before the workshop and was able to attend and complete a small (very small) piece that is now on display at the Winter Garden. There's another coral reef event tomorrow sponsored by NYU's New York Institute for the Humanities. Details at

And see the coral reefs while they are here!

Thanks, Karen (a coral reef contributor--hooray for you!), for the tip about the NYU event. It reminds me that we should all see the coral reefs here in Manhattan while we can! There are two spots: The <a href="">Broadway Windows</a> space through May 18th, and the <a href="">World Financial Center Winter Garden</a> through August 31st.

Return of the Crochet Coral Reefs!

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef exhibit closed at NYU and the Winter Garden, but the local reef has moved to a gallery in Staten Island, near the Ferry. The opening is tomorrow. There will also be more workshops, this time focusing on a "toxic reef" made from old plastic bags and other junk.

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