Crochet Coral Reef Workshop, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, October 23

Crochet Coral Reef detail
Institute For Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef project, 2005-ongoing. Photo © the IFF
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room

Join the UC Santa Cruz community to create UCSC's 'Satellite' Crochet Coral Reef. A workshop will be held at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center October 23, 2016, 12-3 pm.

Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring will lead the workshop about this exciting project, which includes exhibitions at UCSC's Sesnon Gallery and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. The Wertheims will teach the techniques of hyperbolic crochet and introduce the project. Crocheters at all levels of experience are welcome, from novices to experts. No prior crochet skill is needed, but if you are experienced you'll pick up the possibilities quickly. Materials will be provided, although experienced crocheters are encouraged to bring their own.

Events begin with a talk about the subject of hyperbolic geometry and its manifestations in the marine world. Hands-on teaching of the craft of hyperbolic crochet, originally discovered by mathematician Dr. Daina Taimina, follows. As the afternoon progresses, participants branch out from these simple seeds making models of their own and exploring the endless variations that these technique enable. Everyone is encouraged to pursue their own creative instincts.

Registration is not required, but strongly encouraged. Register HERE.

The IFF's 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. More than 8,000 people have participated in the IFF’s Satellite Reef program, with workshops held in London, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Dublin, Fukuoka and many other cities​.

Crochet Coral Reef List of Events:

Thursday, October 20, 2016
7-8:30 PM
Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room
"Understanding Coral Reefs Through Woolly Sculptures"
Margaret Wertheim at the Ken Norris Memorial Lecture

Friday, October 21, 2016
1:30-4:30 PM
UCSC Stevenson Event Center
UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef Crochet Workshop with Margaret Werthiem

Friday, October 21, 2016
5-7 PM
UCSC Stevenson Event Center
"Crocheting the Chthulucene"
Donna Haraway in Conversation with Christine and Margaret Wertheim

Sunday, October 23, 2016
12-3 PM
Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room
UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef Crochet Workshop with Margaret Wertheim

Friday, November 18, 2016
5-8 PM
Museum of Art and History
705 Front Street, Santa Cruz
Radical Craft Night
Crochet with UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reefers

February, 2017
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Porter College, UC Santa Cruz
Opening of the IFF's Crochet Coral Reef Traveling Exhibition

May 4, 2017
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Opening of the locally-made, UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef Exhibition
Stay tuned for more info!