As some of you know, I am a huge fan of needlework with a message–I’ve dabbled in quilting and needlepoint, but had never thought of crochet as something that would be usable as a message bearer. I stand corrected.
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has an amazing show called the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef: Art, Science, Community, part of a project begun in 2005 by Margaret and Christine Wertheim. It features the work of over 800 participants and
combines the mathematics of hyperbolic geometry with the delicateness of this traditionally women’s handicraft. The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is a traveling exhibition that not only displays these artworks, but also incorporates an ever-growing social project—teaching others around the world how to crochet hyperbolically and make their own reefs. By working through this process and viewing the art, one can see the correlation between the crocheted reefs and living corals, such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The fragility of the coral reefs is echoed by their crocheted counterparts.
The show runs through April 24th and is truly a treat for the eyes and the soul. Here are a few of the pictures that I took, I’ll post more to the Feminist Peace Network Facebook page as well.