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The Toxic Irish Reef – Take 2

IMG_5314smallToxic hyperbolic crochet is about to peak very soon here as the exhibition of The Irish Reef is opening on Sunday 12th and the setting up of the reef will commence next weekend.

In an effort to have a clear view of the way ahead which is best achieved by crochet methinks, I have combined it with the re-construction of our toxic reef, I have now more or less finished the Hundreds-And-Thousands Of Toxins piece that I have worked on for the last while and I’m now in serious toxic orange hyperbolic doily mode. I am working a cluster of Sainsbury bags with a little frilly edge as an ode to my Great Granny whom I have never met but whose crochet sampler book I have the privilege to have to hand for inspiration.

My hands are starting to speak to me using words like ‘hard’, ‘rest’, ‘strain’ when I work in plarn. I am mindful and only work it a little at a time and very soon my head will be clear and I will see the way forward equally clearly and I will be able to go back to working wool again… Unless the toxic muse has another idea she needs to manifest! We’ll see, for now I am looking forward to seeing our wonderful reef in all her glory out on public display!

Added later: While I continued working on these orange hyperboles I came to realize that my Great Granny would probably not ever have touched a plastic bag. Fascinating thought as she died approximately early to mid 20th century. And a scary thought how much damage we humans have actually managed to do to our planet in one single century. Alarmingly scary, as a matter of fact!

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Hundreds-and-thousands Of Toxins

I have a silly, unfinished lot of different projects on the hook these days and then there is the whole ‘real life’ aspect to be dealt with in parallel.

I have mentioned it before and I will more than likely mention it again. As a matter of fact, it’s more or less constantly on the agenda… You see, The Irish Reef exhibition in the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow is drawing nearer and nearer and we don’t actually have a toxic reef at the moment, so I raided my family and friend’s plastic bag for re-use stashes so I could get some toxics done by way of eliminating at least some of the toxic gap in the reef exhibition. The bag raid in Belfast was particularly good from a gaudy plastic colour perspective!

IMG_5116SMALLHundreds-and-thousands Toxins © Irene Lundgaard 2010

At the weekend I actually had the opportunity to give the hook a good toxic whirl and this is what tumbled off it – a cluster of hyperbolic spheres in gaudy colours. Ends needs weaving in and a few more hyperboles will roll off the hook yet, methinks…

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The Toxic Reef

It was my intention to get some work done on my contribution to the Toxic Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef while in London, but my time was spent doing many other things among which was creating some more toxic waste.

IMG_7805smallThis box of waste from my waste paper basket in my room is merely a fraction of what waste I generated while there. There was gift wrapping as well and at least 7 plastic bags plus all the food wrappings too that I did not collect in my bedroom. The home I was visiting has an elaborate waste separation system which has been implemented by the council and it’s great for the environment, however, it would be much better if we could start being aware of the amount of waste we generate on entry to the household rather than just on exit.

I am becoming more and more concious of the importance of the Toxic Reef in the Hyperbolic Coral Reef project, particularly after having seen pictures of the beautiful live corals around Jamaica from BionicLaura on Ravelry.

Are you aware of how much plastic waste you are generating?