Crochet your own coral reef
Well, I promised you a post about an amazing project, and here it is. I stumbled on this fabulous display of creativity at the Stringybark festival on the weekend. It’s called The Melbourne Reef and is a coral reef made entirely from crochet in a labour of love by crafty contributors such as these ladies who you can see here making bits of reef out of recycled plastic bags and wool.
There were two main bits of reef on display… this large one with a clown fish swimming around in it …
…and this other colourful creation.
There is of course a lot more to see at the main exhibition, which is at the Burrinja gallery at Upwey at the moment and is apparently all dark to resemble an underwater world (more info here although once the exhibition finishes on January 9, 2011, this link will probably be irrelevant)… I can’t wait to get to the gallery to check it out!
The project is actually a worldwide one but it’s the first time it’s been shown in Melbourne. It blends mathematics and craft because the patterns used to create the frilly-looking coral are based on hyperbolics… which basically means some formula that makes things 3D instead of 2D, like more recent animations (think Shrek as opposed to The Simpsons). The formula also maximises surface area in minimal space, if I understood the explanation by Melbourne coordinator Tracy Hayllar correctly (despite getting As for maths and science through most of high school, my grip on that sort of intelligent stuff is shaky at best).
I asked Tracy whether this project contributes proceeds to marine conservation but there are no proceeds unfortunately!! However, it does raise awareness of how special and beautiful our marine creatures are.
Here you can see a close up of the frilly coral – the ladies are crocheting it out of recycled cassette and video tapes!
If you want to know more about the project, you can read the Melbourne group’s blog, or for more information on hyperbolics and even links to the crochet patterns so you can make your own bit of marine magic (and contribute it to upcoming exhibitions), check out the site from The Institute for Figuring – it’s a fascinating site but there’s a lot to take in, so jump on when you are feeling a bit brainy. Tracy pointed out that you could also use the hyperbolic crochet patterns to make things like scarves, Elizabethan-era neck ruffs, etc, if coral reefs are not your thing. But I really wish I had a few spare weeks now so I could create my own underwater kingdom… I hope you’re as amazed and inspired as I am!
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wow! not sure if I could commit to crocheting marine life but it certainly is inspirational. Here's a link to make you laugh…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR7Dqf0vzzQ
thanks for the heads-up about this…i read your blog post earlier this morning. i was most impressed with the ability of that woman to knit with cassette tape. i'd have torn my fingers to shreds i think, if i'd tried it.
goodness this is amazing!i'll definitely be heading over to upwey to check it out i think!
hey that's incredible, thanks for posting, I would have never noticed it otherwise!
How truly amazing and inspiring. Thanks for sharing this incredible project with us. I'm a bit into crochet at the moment so I'll check out the links and who knows, maybe I could knit myself a new house!
Not knit! Crochet! Apparently it doesn't work with knitting. Just think though, you could crochet a house out of old cassette tapes… imagine living in 1987 Hits Now!!
I read about this project ages ago in an interview done by Dumbo Feather so glad to see it's still going strong, wish I could see it in person though. Have a look at my blog there is a review of Ken Yonitani and his work which is similar in that he sculpts coral too but out of sugar! You mentioned recently about submitting work to Peppermint would love to find out more!
Clare I saw a David Attenborough series about the cuttlefish really recently – some males disguise themselves as females so they can fool the alpha males and get close to the females – WHILE they are mating with the alphas!! Talk about three's a crowd…
I saw the same thing! In fact, I thought that was what was in the youtube link – oops wrong one. DA's commentary on the cuttlefish menage a trois was so funny. Hmm – inspiration for a 3d crochet project perhaps…
That's pretty amazing!
Ah I love that coral reeef! I used to have a picture of a stitched digestive tract!!!
Cecylia, I don't know if I should laugh or cry about that. You should use it in your boutique, haha…!!