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Monday, April 10, 2006

A Kelping Hand

One of Extreme Craft's first posts was about the hyperbolic crochet of Daina Taimina and David Henderson. Their work, which rolls math, science, and handicraft into the tightest of packages, has garnered immeasurable international interest and acclaim. Taimina and Henderson are joined by many others in The Institute for Figuring, dedicated to exploring and propagating these intersections of handicraft and hyperbolic geometry. Their latest project is a knitted coral reef, which is actively seeking contributions from hyperbolic crocheters around the globe.

Using the techniques of hyperbolic crochet discovered by Dr Daina Taimina, a mathematician at Cornel, the Institute has been evolving a wide taxonomy of forms - loopy "kelps", fringed "anemones", and curlicued "corals." Though the process that brings these models into being is algorithmic, endless permutations of the underlying formulae result in a constantly surprising panoply of shapes. The quality of yarn, style of stitch and tightness of the crochet all affect the finished model so that each is as individual as a living organism. The reef is made up of four sub-reefs, each with its own distinct styling and colors, currently dubbed the Green, Orange, Blue-Black, and Ugly sections, by virtue of their dominant hues. Like its biological counterparts, the crochet reef grows slowly: each piece is hand-made and individually thought out.
My contribution to the reef is actually knit from my personal belly button lint, so it might take me a bit longer to finish. LINK via Supernaturale


At 4/10/2006 09:37:00 PM, Anonymous Willy said...

When they knit a shark, I'm coming to visit!

At 4/13/2006 01:12:00 PM, Anonymous folilaine said...

I don't understand everything you said but I want to tell it's very beautiful... and I can see a hat with that !
france de folilaine


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