I'm participating in the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef project to raise awareness about the ocean environment. What I find so fascinating about this community craft project is that it uses crochet to explore powerful elements of science, mathematics, the environment and art.
The Crochet Coral Reef began in 2005 by twin sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim. Though collective creative action it aims to draw attention to the devastating effects of oceanic plastic trash and the global warming crisis.
The original Crochet Coral Reef has been exhibited all over the world, encouraging communities to collaborate on their own satellite reef. Crochet novices and experts can contribute to the project and the room was filled with friendly people pouring their creative energy into this positive project.
I had to brush up on my crochet skills but lots of people were happy to help me get started. It was a friendly no pressure activity and a lovely way to spend the afternoon. I'm looking forward to the next crochet circle.
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This interview inspires me to learn more about physics and hyperbolic geometry.
A TED talk!
And inspiring photos.