This project made possible by funding from The West Oxford Agricultural Society ~ presenter of The Fryeburg Fair

Monday, June 27, 2011

"Oceans Facing Mass Extinctions"

Global warming is a topic many believe to be a non event. How can we possibly have affected our environment to the point of reaching a critical mass point that would change our world in ways that haven't been seen for 55 million years? But the oceans are so big we say! They have always been able to flush themselves out, refresh and renew...

A group of scientists have recently met to converge the information about pollution, acidification, hypoxia, increased water temperatures and carbons accumulating in our oceans and the implications of that impact. They are in agreement that the world has seen this disaster several times in it's history and the results are catastrophic and have led to mass extinctions in the past. Their State of the Oceans report outlines their findings.
Already we are being made aware of the dying off of our coral reefs at an extremely rapid rate.
Read more about this important topic in a report featured on the PBS News Hour including video interviews.
The Maine Crochet reef project began as an answer to the annual fiber art installation in the Fiber Center at Fryeburg Fair. It has become my hope that it will also help to bring awareness to the impact that mankind is having on our environment and that in a small way our exhibit will change the way some of us impact the world we live in.

Learn how you can make small changes in your daily lives that can make a difference in our next post....

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hyperbolic Shapes; New Work...

After Seeing Daina Taimina's Hyperbolic shapes I decided to give it a go. I found one of her recommendations of using one increase in 13 beginning with a row of 20 chains. I used a variety of colors in the brown and orange family of colors and created this piece.

I love how it can be curled into different shapes! These photos are each  of the same piece just positioned differently...

Can't wait to get her book to see what other creations I can play with!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Maine Craft Association Crochet Reef Demonstration

Saturday evening June 4th the Maine Craft Association hosted me to come and demonstrate crochet and talk to mall shoppers about the Maine Crochet Coral Reef project. Folks who stopped by were fascinated with the samples as well as the project concept. We've begun a list of email addresses so that we can send our blog link to folks interested in learning more about the project or how they can participate and to follow our progress as we embark on the journey of creating this community Fiber Art project.

Thank you to the Maine Craft Association for having me and I look forward to working with you more in the future!

Monday, June 6, 2011

How Hyperbolic Crochet Began

Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Dr Daina Taimina

Professor and Mathematician Daina Taimina received her formal education in Theoretical Computer Sciences and her doctorate in Mathematics in her native country of Latvia. After teaching there for 20 years she joined the Cornell Math Department in 1996 where she continues to teach today. She is credited with inventing  hyperbolic shapes using crochet.  In 1997 while attending a geometry workshop, she saw paper models of hyperbolic planes.  This inspired her to use the knit and crochet skills she learned in her youth to make more durable models. Her experimentation began with knitting but quickly moved to crochet to better accommodate the growing number stitches necessary to create the hyperbolic shapes. Today, Daina Taimina along with her husband Dr David Henderson, incorporate hyperbolic crocheted models in their classes on non-Euclidean geometry at Cornell as teaching tools. Additionally, Professor Taimina gives talks around the globe on teaching geometry as well as  the role that physical crochet models play in that teaching. 

It wasn't until the nineteenth century that mathematicians even believed that hyperbolic space was possible and the idea of making a model of one was considered impossible. Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring took it to another level by creating th Crochet Coral Reef project that Maine is participating in. 

We've come a long way baby! Combining the maths, science and art is what the Satellite Maine Crochet Reef project is all about but without Daina Taimina's experimentations and discoveries, crochet coral might possibly not exist. 

Ms. Taimina's models have also been included in the American Mathematical Model Collection at the Smithsonian Institution as well as many other venues around the world. Her book titled Crocheting Adventures With Hyperbolic Planes is filled with  lovely photographs in which she teaches about the geometry of hyperbolic planes and includes patterns for creating them in crochet.

In September of 2010, Daina Taimina spoke at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City about hyperbolic crochet. Watch this you tube video here