August 03, 2008
The Crochet Coral Reef
This project has been mentioned a few times here and there (the Guardian, I believe?), but I think it is worth highlighting again. The Institute for Figuring, an educational organization dedicated to enhancing the public understanding of figures and figuring techniques, is crocheting a coral reef, using crocheters around the world: it is, to quote the IFF, 'a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world'.
Copyright of image to IFF- thanks to IFF for allowing me to use image.
I think this is a fantastic example of art, community and environmentalism coming together and producing something truly fantastic. Something that makes people stop and go 'eh?'. Even if you are not a knitter or crocheter, it begs you to ask questions: about the reasoning behind the project, about those who are taking part, and maybe even just a 'why?'- nothing wrong in that even- at least it starts a dialogue.
It even provides sustenance to the nerdy amongst us (myself included) who are fascinated by geometry and knitting and all the maths that entails. It might even encourage me to pick up a crochet hook.
Posted by scumkitten at August 3, 2008 01:55 PM
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