Crocheting for a cause

The power of the creative mind never ceases to amaze me.  This recent news article is just one example.  A group of women in Darwin (in northern Australia) are busy working on a conservation project with Territory Wildlife Park to turn yarn into coral and sea creatures to highlight the devastation of coral bleaching caused by warmer ocean temperatures.   Expected for completion in mid-2016, the vision for the resulting Territory Wildlife Park installation is a three-pylon piece that mimics a jetty.

It reminded me of the work of a brilliant  Australian scientist Margaret Wertheim, now residing and working in the USA.  Her project in collaboration with her sister Christine, began in 2005 was The Crochet Coral Reef , a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.

The images of this work are just stunning! They are copyright so check them out here.

This project seemed to inspire a range of patterns for crocheting marine life, so if you feel inspired to make your own reef there are plenty of resources such as this and these available.

Coral Reef This image is from one such project  some years ago by Lyn Berry of Fun with Fibre



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