The Crochet Coral Reef Project
May 15, 2013
According to the Institute for Figuring (IFF) web site, this internationally exhibited crochet project is a “woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.”
The Institute wants a written request for permission to use any of their images or videos, so I can only point you there. You can see images from the various exhibits here.
This page is from the Smithsonian magazine and includes a video interview of one of the two sisters who started this work. She tells how and why the project came into being. The video also shows many of the contributors at work.
In addition to the main IFF project, people from communities in the United States and around the world have developed their own crochet coral reef projects. You can see these by clicking Satellite Reefs at the top of any page on the IFF site.
The exhibits are powerful, intended to inform and bedazzle. Some parts of the reef, for example, are made entirely of plastics, an acknowledgement of the islands of plastic that are now part of our oceans. Each piece of this massive artistic undertaking, no matter what kind of yarn or shiny object it’s made of, is a wonder. I do hope you go look.
Many thanks to Go Ask Alice blog reader Ursula Le Guin for bringing us news of the Crochet Coral Reef Project.
Reader Sondra Brown wants us to take a look at the crochet work of one of the Coral Reef Project’s participants, Helle Jorgensen, found here.