It's summer now. Water and the beach is on the brain. Sometimes in a good way while we dream of lazy days at the beach with no worries at all and sometimes in more disconcerting ways like thinking about all those folks in the Gulf of Mexico dealing with oil spills, leaks and top kills.
So here is a chance to use our craftiness to raise your voice about conservation by participating in the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Exhibition and the Smithsonian Community Reef!
"A sea of vibrant colors and fantastic structures, the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef evokes a sense of stewardship of their real-life counterparts through a whimsical and beautiful display. Atolls and clusters of crocheted corals, made of both yarn and found materials, weave their way into unique coral communities. By using particular crocheting techniques that employ cutting-edge hyperbolic geometry, these reefs take shape into complex, natural-looking forms."
Here are some links to instructions for making coral reef pieces.
- Field Guide to Hyperbolic Space: An Exploration of the Intersection of Higher Geometry and Feminine Handicraft
- In the Loop: Coral Shapes
- Sydney Crochet Coral Reef
And Stitch DC will be hosting FREE learn to crochet classes on Wednesday nights all June from 6:30 to 8:00 pm! The crochet class is free with the purchase of yarn and crochet hooks. RSVP to the free classes
Here are some opportunities to participate in this fantastic community project...
On Saturday, June 5, 2010, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History will celebrate World Ocean Day! Learn how to do hyperbolic crochet from 11:00 am -4:00pm . We need teachers too so contact me if you would like to volunteer your time to teach basic crochet techniques.
June 28, 2010, Monday, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Smithsonian Folklife FestivalVolunteers are needed to staff a table for the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Exhibition and Smithsonian Community Reef in the Mysteries of the Universe Grand Tent, Mysteries of the Ocean Section, and to teach and demo hyperbolic crochet. Email me or email@example.com
July 5, 2010, Monday, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Smithsonian Folklike Festival
Volunteers are needed to staff a table for the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Exhibition and Smithsonian Community Reef in the Biodiverse Planet Tent for Coral Conservation Day (in conjunction with the coral conservation program at the National Zoo) and to teach and demo hyperbolic crochet. Email me or firstname.lastname@example.org
Images thanks to http://www.mnh.si.edu/exhibits/hreef/index.html and IFF at www.crochetcoralreef.org
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