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The Manchester Satellite Reef A satellite reef of the International Crochet Coral Reef will be created at Manchester Museum from October 13 to March 14. Manchester's Crochet Coral Reef needs you!
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A satellite reef of L.A.’s Institute for Figuring’s International Crochet Coral Reef will be created at Manchester Museum from October 13 to March 14. The reef will be part of a spectacular exhibition of natural coral specimens and stunning examples of it’s uses in the decorative arts. I.F.F.’s International Crochet Coral Reef uses simple patterns to make complex mathematical hyperbolic shapes which nature uses to create some corals. Please join the group and get involved in this exciting and ambitious project that connects craft, natural history, maths and fun! Manchester’s Crochet Coral Reef needs you! (Even if you are a knitter. We teach crochet!!) NOTE!: Conservation of the collections requires that all yarns used in the reef must be synthetic.

14/01/2014

We still have lots of space on the reef. Now that Christmas is out of the way why not turn your boring evenings into excuses for extravagant acts of creativity!? We'll be adding the reef right through till March so plenty of time to learn to crochet, master the craft and blow us all away with your brilliance! Send or hand in any work to the Manchester Museum c/o Wendy Gallagher.

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02/12/2013

Tom, a clever chap who has made some great pieces for the reef posted this message on our Ravelry group. I asked if it was alright to share it with you as it explains why the hyperbolic corals can sometimes take a while! :

" Talking about math, crochet & coral, I came to a nice realisation yesterday while crocheting a hyperbolic moebius, going 2 dc in each dc… In this particular configuration, i.e. doubling at every stitch, you shall end up after i rows, provided you started with n stitches, with i x (2^(n+1) - 2) stitches. This means, e.g., that if starting with 25 stitches, after 5 rows you have 25 x (2^6 - 2) = 25 x 62 = 1550 stitches. And just for your information, the next row will see you that many stitches again (+2), so that in conclusion: the following row is always as long as the whole project up to now! Make sure to think about that one when it comes to whether you should get that extra row…

P.S.: the proof to the formula above is a very funny recursive proof, if anyone is interested, or to distract kids in a math classroom!"

Phew!

Still plenty of space for your contributions. We'll be adding corals through till March so keep them coming in!
01/12/2013

Still plenty of space for your contributions. We'll be adding corals through till March so keep them coming in!

Still plenty of space for your contributions. We'll be adding corals through till March so keep them coming in!

As if we didn't know! Rock on crocheters!
19/11/2013

As if we didn't know! Rock on crocheters!

Thanks so much Malia at Penelope Craft Amsterdam for having us teach crochet. All wannabe crocheters should meet us in Berlin this weekend at Wollen! (If you think we're crazy, just try it-- you'll become a yarn junky too...)

15/11/2013

Hi folks. We have a meet up and workshop at the Manchester Museum this Sunday. Please come along! It'll run from 1-4 and will be an opportunity to learn how to crochet, be inspired by the contributions that have already come in and show off your work! Hope to see you there!

The Manchester Satellite Reef's cover photo
14/11/2013

The Manchester Satellite Reef's cover photo

12/11/2013

Next week we'll be building the reef structure that will be the base for our coral to be attached to. It would be great if we could have as much coral as possible in place for the opening of the exhibition on the 28th. All contributors will be invited to attend the private view which will be hosted by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood. I'll post more info about the opening nearer the time but until then please post or dropped off any contributions at the Manchester Museum c/o Wendy Gallagher. We will of course be adding to the reef throughout the duration of the exhibition so keep crocheting!

09/11/2013

Looking forward to seeing those of you who can make it to Manchester Museum this afternoon for our first meet up and coral crocheting workshop! Drop in anytime between 1 and 4.30.

08/11/2013

Hi folks. Don’t forget tomorrow, Saturday 9th November between 1 and 4.30, is the first session at the Museum. Come along and get yourself giddy about getting involved! More info on the events post.

30/10/2013
The Complete Hyperbolic Crochet Video - Pseudosphere

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Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral | Video on TED.com
26/10/2013
Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral | Video on TED.com

Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral | Video on TED.com

Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

Crochet Coral Reef
24/10/2013
Crochet Coral Reef

Crochet Coral Reef

The Crochet Coral Reef (CCR) is a project by the Institute For Figuring, a non-profit Los-Angeles based organization that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and environmental issues by putting people and communities at the core.

23/10/2013

A satellite reef of L.A.’s Institute for Figuring’s International Crochet Coral Reef will be created at Manchester Museum from October 13 to March 14. The reef will be part of a spectacular exhibition of natural coral specimens and stunning examples of it’s uses in the decorative arts. I.F.F.’s International Crochet Coral Reef uses simple patterns to make complex mathematical hyperbolic shapes which nature uses to create some corals. Please join the group and get involved in this exciting and ambitious project that connects craft, natural history, maths and fun! Manchester’s Crochet Coral Reef needs you! (Even if you are a knitter. We teach crochet!!)

NOTE!: Conservation of the collections requires that all yarns used in the reef must be synthetic.

The Manchester Satellite Reef's cover photo
23/10/2013

The Manchester Satellite Reef's cover photo

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