hyperbolic crochet coral reef

Joie De Vivre

Wednesday June 2nd 2010 will be with me for a very long time. I spent time with the most amazing people and I was submerged in art and craft and good energy and knowledge and innovation. Plain and simple, joie de vivre at gourmet level!

I went to see the Finals Exhibition at the IADT where one of The Reefers is exhibiting her fantastic piece along with very many other very fantastic pieces. I will write about that experience separately as Emer’s outstanding work deserves it’s own space.

I was in the presence of The Reefers, Stitchlily and Rockpool Candy, no less. But first and foremost I was in the presence of one of the most energetic minds I have met in a very long time. Dr. Daina Taimina was lecturing at Science Gallery Dublin which she did with gusto and humour.

IMG_2033smallIn full flight and fun knitwear

We were lucky enough to have a quick encounter in the coffee shop which we proceeded to refurbish so that we could all sit around the one table.  I think we were noisy too!

IMG_2035smallTools of the trade

Only a woman of considerable capacity and energy would ever think of crocheting hyperbolic planes and spheres. Only a woman with buckets of joie de vivre would think of turning maths and crochet into art.

IMG_2040smallTaking flight

I had my Holy Grail signed, I had my fill of fine minds and fellow lovers of knowledge and the arts. It truly was a case of complete submersion in life, a day which I will carry with my in my heart for a very long time! Joie De Vivre, indeed!

Note: The Irish Times made it to the lecture too. You can read the article here.