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Gigantic Shoulders

It is on the shoulders of giants I stand. Yesterday at The Science Gallery was such a beautiful day for me. The crocheters that showed up for the Hyperbolic workshops were all armed with keen spirit and happy hooks and I think they were all inspired by the crocheters that have gone before them.


Hyperbolic Workshop December 2009 © 2009 Irene Lundgaard

At one of the workshops I took a little moment to myself and just took in the sight of all these busy hooks and I felt happy, inspired, exhilarated and not least very very humbled. There was I among kindred spirits, facilitating yet another wave of hyperbolic movement. I was humbled as I realized I was part of something that was much greater than me or the people I was with.

I completely realized the importance of the giants that are ploughing the furrow before me. That I was standing on the shoulders of others and that without the fine mind of a true giant of a women, Dr. Daina Taimina, none of this exiting project would ever have come to anything. I dedicated all the three workshops to this fantastic woman. I humbly thank Daina Taimina for sharing her fantastic mind so generously with the world and I thank Christine & Margaret Wertheim for making it happen. It is indeed giant’s shoulders I stand on.

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Hyperbolic Skinny Scarves

I am working on a bunch of ruffled skinny scarves for the Christmas Spirit Market in Tinahely on Sunday December 13th. It’s great fun and I find the combination of Artesano Aran weight, a size 8 mm hook and the hyperbolic technique works a treat. I finish each off with mohair for added effect. IMG_7343

Hyperbolic Skinny Scarf © 2009 Irene Lundgaard

I am combining the making of the scarves whith focusing on the three workshops on the Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef that I am doing at The Science Gallery on Sunday December 6th, there are still (FREE) tickets available and they can be booked here.

You are invited to come along to Hypberbolic Day at The Yarn Room on Friday December 4th from 10 – 5.30 and make your own contribution of crochet for the Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef.

The scarves are colourful for the winter and fun to make, they are nice and snug and warm and soft to wear! What’s not to like?

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Rock Music Coral

Since I was at the workshop with Margaret Wertheim on the Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef at The Science Gallery, I have been busy in my own mind planning my submission for the exhibition next spring. I have been playing around with ideas on how to use alternative materials and particularly, how to get the environmental aspect worked into my contribution.

In an Irish Toxic Coral Reef, I have this notion that the bands around bales of brickets must feature somehow. They are unsightly, they are plastic and every Irish home has the problem of disposing of them in an environmentally friendly way. The fact that we are burning irreplaceable peat that nature has taken thousands of years to make is the real issue with these hard strips of unsightly plastic, in my opinion. I don’t know how I will manage to incorporate these into my submission, but I will. Who knows, perhaps Bord na Móna will rethink the way they present brickets to us, and they might even consider using ropes of hemp while we heat cravers start thinking about growing our own firewood instead of destroying our unique bogs. I will find a way to incorporate them, I really will! If nothing else, I will bunch some up for the Irish Midden, that will also feature at the exhibition.


Rock Music Coral © 2009 Irene Lundgaard

I have tried to think of other alternative types of yarn. I have made plarn and I have fiddled with straws of grass and baling twine to use as a base for one of my corals. I am trying to build some height into my piece and basically need a rock for my coral to grow on. I have ended up settling on using  a pile of cassette tapes, that are completely obsolete at this stage in our technological evolution. Using them ties my entire life together in one single piece. I crochet, my husband is a composer and musician. My making a Rock Music Coral as my contribution simply encompasses my lovely life.

I encourage you to contribute to the Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. You can read much more about this wonderful project on the site of The Institute For Figuring. If you are interested in participating but would like to hear more about the project and get practical advice on how to, you can book a free ticket for workshops at The Science Gallery on Sunday December 6th. Alternatively come and join me for a brief talk at The Yarn Room in Ashford village, Co Wicklow on Thursday November 26th at 7.30 pm or  Friday December 4th, where the work table in the shop will be full of ideas and materials all day for you to make your own piece of coral to contribute to the exhibition. If you are based elsewhere in the country check this Ravelry group for details on workshops near you.

Now, to the hook!


Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

I will do a few workshops on the Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef to kick start submissions for the exhibition at The Science Gallery in Dublin next spring. Once the final details on dates and times are completed I will post them here. In the meantime, I encourage you to grab your hook and get going, there’s not much time before February.

You can find patterns here! Courtesy of the Sydney Coral Reef crowd.

You can find the intricate and exiting details of the whole project here at The Institute For Figuring.

For inspiration, check out Stitchlily’s site.


Hyperbolic Crochet In Dublin

Stitchlily, our ever alert and accomplished crocheter is yet again completely on the ball. The Irish version of a Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is in the making at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin on Pearse Street in The Naughton Institute:

A workshop will be held on Saturday October 24th @ 13.00 – 16.00. Tickets are free and need to be booked in advance. Click here and scroll down until you find the workshop.

The spiel reads like this:

“The “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef” is a worldwide project that marries mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, community art practice and environmental consciousness-raising. People all over the world – from London and New York to Capetown – are collectively crocheting coral reefs, a woolly testimony to the disappearing wonder of living reefs that are being devastated by global warming.

In this workshop, Crochet Reef creator, Margaret Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles, will teach the techniques of hyperbolic crochet and talk about the project. At the workshop, participants will begin the process of making an “Irish Reef,” to be exhibited alongside the international crochet reef collection at Science Gallery in Spring 2010.”

I have booked my ticket already, will I meet you there?