hyperbolic crochet coral reef

A Dive On The Irish Crochet Corals

Last night we enjoyed the grand opening of the exhibition and everybody that is anybody was at the preview of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef at Science Gallery Dublin apart from Stitchlily, who was very badly missed. I carried her around on my shoulder all night and I did get the warmest hug from her mother which made the connection that was so badly missing!

I didn’t manage to take many pictures, only a few blurry ones…

Section of The Irish People’s Toxic Reef

Curated Irish People’s Reef

Irish People’s Reef

Irish People’s Reef Lady Crochters

A handful of The ReefersTM


The exhibition is magnificent at so many levels and everybody who took part can take pride in it. Every single stitch counts.

I do encourage you to go for a dive into the Science Gallery and submerge yourself in the beauty of maths and fine work by all the fantastic Irish crocheters from all over the country. Take a bow crocheters, you are exhibited alongside two of  Escher’s fine woodcut masterpieces and the masters of Crochet Coral, Margaret and Christine Wertheim. It doesn’t get any bigger than that!

The Science Gallery are to be congratulated on yet another fine visionary exhibition and deserves a great big thank you from all Reef Contributors for letting us in. Dr. Daina Taimina deserves a standing ovation on her findings; I cannot get over the fact that it took a woman with female handicraft skills to crack the hyperbolic code. It blows my mind.
Thanks to Margaret & Christine Wertheim for their generosity in making possible this journey of bringing so many people together and engaging with science in such an accessible way. Although Lynn Scarf at the Science Gallery is the true heroine of this woolly journey, she managed to hold on to all the yarn ends and gave support of gigantic dimensions every stitch of the way! What a woman!!! Thanks to The ReefersTM for the stunning  bouquet
I was presented with which brought a tear to my eye and actually managed to render me speechless. Thank you.
The statistics are that hardly any men have contributed to the crochet reef. I know one man who may not have contributed in crochet but without whom I could not have submerged myself in this woolly wonder, he is my husband. Thank you Dónal for everything.

Relevant links: Origin of the project: Institute for Figuring. Visit Science Gallery website here. Science Gallery Facebook Page; Science Gallery on Twitter. Or check out the Irish People’s Reef on Facebook. Visit the Ravelry Reef Group here.

13 replies on “A Dive On The Irish Crochet Corals”

What colour was your bucket!!!! What a wonderful and fantastic night it was. I am still flying high.

Tak Mor, det er nu ikke mig der kan tage æren, det er et helt lands hæklere, der har kreeret det ene mesterværk efter det andet. Knus tilbage!

My ma a great time, said the atmosphere and the exhibition was fantastic.Thank you for making her feel so welcome! She rang me after the show, said, “you never told me the whole maths connection, its very interesting”… Just goes to show how much she has been listening to me for the last 2 years…

Argh Moira, ’twas written in a blur…
I’m still high too. What an achievement! HUG!

Stitchlily, you are the spitting image of your real darling mother. She is a great hugger and she will probably listen to you from now on, now that you are talked out…

Nic, thanks. It takes one to know one, don’t ever forget that!

Irene – for crying out loud: I’M SO DAMN PROUD OF YOU! The flowers were well deserved and so are all the nice words coming in from near and far. WELL DONE YOU, I’m proud to call you my sister and just regret that I couldn’t be there to share this with you, but you know that in situations like this whilst stichlily occupied one shoulder, I was there on the other and I loved it ALL! 🙂

Det må have været et smukt syn at se koralrevet udfolde sig via hækling, og så spottede jeg dig med det samme. Du og din søster ligner hinanden 🙂

TeeWee, thank you! And yes, you were there all the way!!!

Liselotte, vild kone er lige ordet. Og tak!

Lene, det var som at se et vidunder folde sig ud! Og ja, vi ligner hinanden i gørelsen, men ikke just i størrelsen, gid vi gjorde! 😉

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