Crafters Unite!

June 30, 2010 § 1 Comment

As a human being existing on this planet, the recent BP oil spill is one of the worst environmental, PREVENTABLE disasters I’ve ever seen. It’s truly heartbreaking.

While crisis happen (and they always will) what can we do as crafters to raise awareness?

The Hyperbolic Crochet Reef Project started a few years back. It started as an experiment that resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice. The project responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. Crochet reefs have started being crafted all over the world, many using random bits of plastic like the bags newspapers come in or strips of garbage bags. It’s gotten so popular they even have their own website here.

This project has gained such widespread attention among crafters wanting to save the reefs that at any given time there are dozens of reefs being made. Closer to home, this blogger lives near the Smithsonian and they have one on exhibit October 16th, 2010 – April 17th, 2011. Many of my LYS are holding “hyperbolic nights” and will donate their work to the Smithsonian to become part of the reef.

Like the posters from World War II calling for knitters and crafters to unite and do their bit, let’s all band together and contribute to the coral reef project.

© Red Cross

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