However, my spirits lifted when I met up with the lovely Sue and Lisa from Knit-Happens-in-Newbury and we headed into the Artist's Entrance, no less, of the Royal Festival Hall. After settling into our seats, Inga who I'd met through blogging and who was helping organise the day, came over to say hello. It was so nice to meet her in person.
The lecture was by Margaret Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring and she took us on a whirlwind journey from maths to science to nature to craft.
She was an excellent, fluent and passionate speaker who actually made maths interesting and we learned so much ranging from Euclidian planes and negative curvature to the plight of reefs and the structure of coral. She succeeded in explaining the relatively complex mathematical concept of hyperbolic space to a lay audience, though I must say I wasn't one of those in the crowd shouting out the answers!
Lisa liked to try out all the crocheted coral as fashion accessories!There are a lot more examples on the IFF website (linked above).
Margaret emphasised the organic nature of the crocheted coral that we would be adding to the exhibit. She didn't want to tell us what to do, but to let our crochet evolve naturally and see what we came up with. We could contribute to the colourful, pretty reef which represents the past, the way coral reefs were; the blanched reef - all in white to represent struggling reefs affected by global warming or the toxic reef made out of plastic representing the future of reefs if we don't cut down on our consumption of plastic.
So we got to work:
So we got to work:
Sue chose some rather elasticated yarn and immediately regretted the decision after wrangling with the spaghetti-like substance!
Here's a little sample of what we were trying to achieve:
All-in-all, a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day and I'm looking forward to seeing the London section of the reef being displayed at the Hayward Gallery in the summer. I've ordered a new set of crochet hooks in preparation...