Thursday, March 29, 2007

margaret wertheim: knit coral reef

Margaret Wertheim is the director of the Institute for Figuring “an educational organization dedicated to enhancing the public understanding of figures and figuring techniques.”
"From the physics of snowflakes and the hyperbolic geometry of sea slugs, to the mathematics of paper folding, the tiling patterns of Islamic mosaics and graphical models of the human mind, the Institute takes as its purview a complex ecology of figuring."

The Institutes latest project: to crochet a soft coral reef using the techniques of hyperbolic crochet discovered by Dr Daina Taimina. They have created individual kelps, anemones and corals, each piece hand-made and thought out through an algorithmic process.

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Blogger Linda said...

I'd like to clarify something. A Hyperbolic Coral Reef is usually best done in CROCHET, not in knit. The reason for this is that a hyperbolic piece increases so drastically in each row, that even circular needles are difficult to work with.

Here are the measurements for one of my pieces:
beginning chain 7.5inches;
after working 16 rows it measured 258 inches (=/- 6 inches),
this avarages 16.125 inches increase on EACH ROW!

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project began in 2005 and was first exhibited at the Andy Worhol Museum in 2007. It is now on display for the sixth time and is scheduled to be in Scottsdale, Arizona (April-July 2009) and in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (2010/2011).

This has been an ongoing project from it's beginning. Local crafters, in each city the Reef goes to, are invited to create a Local Reef to display along with the IFF Reef.

If you have the opportunity to help with one the IFF Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef displays, think seriously about taking it.

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