Creating Coral

June 28, 2010

On the weekend I took some time out to go to a workshop for the Melbourne Satellite Reef Project. This is a satellite group of the now very famous Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef which is a stunning installation of crochet coral – started in 2005 by two women who grew up in Queensland and now live in Los Angeles (Google Hyperbolic Reef Images). What an inspiration!!!!!!  I am always astounded by the level of creativity and innovation in the craft world.   The Melbourne Group are working towards their own installation at the Burrinja Gallery in Upwey in October and they are looking for new members to crochet coral for the installation.  They are working in conjunction with the Belgrave South Primary School which has developed it’s own mini reef exhibition (so incredibly inspiring) which will be included in the larger exhibition at Burrinja.  If you love to crochet and are looking to create something really beautiful and really worthwhile (read about the project) you could not go past making a few pieces of coral for this project.  The Melbourne Chapter runs workshops monthly at various locations but my sister in law Margaret is keen to start one up in Mornington for those on the Peninsula who don’t want to travel to the hills.  Time is now running short for this first exhibition so get those hooks out ladies (and gents).  Contact Tracey Hayllar at the Melbourne Satellite Reef Project for more information. In the meantime, I have been creating coral and sea urchins  which has been a very pleasant diversion from my blue days throw rug (did I say I wasn’t going to start any new projects).  It’s so much fun … and an invitation to go mad with colour. Creating Coral


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