UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef Crocheting Workshops

Sunday, December 4, 2016 to Saturday, April 8, 2017
UCSC Main Campus, Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Join UC Santa Cruz students and IAS interns Lucy Ashton, Sophia Dimatteo, and Gracia Brown as they lead crochet circles to create the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef, part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.​ 

All crochet circles are FREE and open to the public. No prior crochet skill is needed. Materials will be provided, although experienced crocheters are encouraged to bring their own.

At The Fábrica (703 Pacific Avenue)

Friday, March 31, 1-3 pm

At the Seymour Marine Discovery Center:

Friday, April 7, 2-4 pm

At the UCSC main campus:

Saturday, April 8, 12- 5 pm, Porter College Study Lounge (Directly under the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery)

The UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef is part of the Crochet Coral Reef world-wide reefing project (2005-present). Created by sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring, the Crochet Coral Reef is a spectacularly beautiful, artistically complex, and socially powerful way to bring people together around a devastating ecological challenge—the survival of the coral reefs and marine ecologies throughout the world. Since its first public showing in 2006, the Crochet Coral Reef has been exhibited in twenty countries and seen by over half a million viewers. 

Satellite Reefs have been hosted in cities across the U.S. and Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. The UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef is the newest addition to the IFF's worldwide reefing network. Crocheting will continue at UCSC and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center until April 2017. The UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef will be exhibited at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center beginning May 4, 2017.

Press about the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef and the Crochet Coral Reef exhibition at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery:

Ideas.Ted.Com "Gallery: What happens when you mix math, coral and crochet? It’s mind-blowing"

Scientific America "How to Crochet a Coral Reef--and Why"

One Green Planet "This Interactive Exhibit is Encouraging People to Crochet … to Save Coral Reefs"

UC Santa Cruz Newscenter "Institute of Arts and Sciences launches UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef project"

Santa Cruz Sentinel "The ‘Crochet Coral Reef’ at UCSC brings together mathematics, nature and an underappreciated artform" 

Santa Cruz Good Times "Crochet Coral Reef Exhibit Combines Crafts and Conservation"

UC Santa Cruz Newscenter "Crochet coral reef exhibition to open Feb. 10 at Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery"