"Hook the Reef" A Satellite in Hawaii of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

I was very pleased to participate in “Hook the Reef”, a satellite group of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef.   http://crochetcoralreef.org/

The Inspiration for the reef is most unique and promotes crochet as an art form.  The basic mathematical algorithm for the hyperbolic designs can be modified to create an endless variety of shapes, patterns, plants and animals.

The original concept for the reef was developed by Christine and Margaret Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring. It is based upon the technique of “hyperbolic crochet” discovered in 1997 by Cornell University mathematician Dr. Daina Taimina.  http://www.theiff.org/publications/index.html

Since this particular display was hosted by the Waikiki Aquarium http://www.waquarium.org/; my contributions were animal forms.  Whenever possible, I tried to incorporate hyperbolic elements into my designs.  Nine of my original creatures (Shy the Seahorse, Angel the Sea Angel, Naughty Nadia the Chambered Nautilus, Bob the Bobtail Squid, Septima the White Spotted Jellyfish, Ole’ the Spanish Dancer, Rogue the Reef Angler Fish, Moody the Blue Ring Octopus and Baby the Baby Giant Clam –created during a very intensive crunch time of one week) traveled to Hawaii to be part of “Hook the Reef”.

I was very intrigued to learn that the Waikiki aquarium was the first to breed the Chambered Nautilus in captivity. http://www.waquarium.org/_library/images/education/marinelifeprofiles/nautilus0909.pdf   This was my inspiration for “Naughty Nadia–the Chambered Nautilus” which can be seen flying through sea space in some of the photos.  The pattern for Nadia is now available.

In addition to the exhibit, a crochet encounter with Hawaiian Bobtail Squid made of yarn were provided to give patrons hands on experience with this art form.

For more information on starting a satellite reef visit: http://crochetcoralreef.org/makeyourown/satellite.php

Officially Endorsed Hyperbolic Crochet Patterns: http://crochetcoralreef.org/Content/makeyourown/IFF-CrochetReef-HowToHandout.pdf

The hyperbolic forms are like potato chips–VERY addictive!  Bet you can’t make just one!

Many thanks to Bethany for permitting the use of her photos under the Flickr creative commons licensing  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ and her written permission.  (I edited out the background to put the sole focus on the display.)  Thank you to Michelle Schwengala the coordinator of Hook the Reef for inviting this mainlander to exhibit my original designs in the Hook the Reef project.

If your work is shown in the above photos, I would be delighted to credit you as the artist.  Please email me at: kelly@angelsunafghans.com

”If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made : marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Psalm 139 select

Thank you to the following suppliers who shipped merchandise “on wings” to reach me so that I could make the deadline for this project.
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