January 31, 2012

Red Coral and a Hyperbolic Reef

Red Coral (Corallium rubrum)...In the wild it is extremely rare, and so most red coral beads available for sale to crafters are red-dyed bamboo coral (Family: Isididae). A biological gem and a former home made from calcium carbonate deposits by tiny marine creatures. This treasury called RedCoralBlues celebrates faux coral crafts to keep coral reefs thriving!

The health of coral reefs and the oceans around the world is important!
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project presented by the Institute for Figuring is a museum-like display of crocheted elements assembled to resemble a diverse coral reef. It is mostly made up of crocheted hyperbolic planes, a natural ruffling phenomena on the edges of plants, leaves and seaweed, rendered here in crochet. The project creates awareness of coral reefs, so the public can learn about the need to protect the ocean from from trash, pollution and global climate change.

Photo Credit Alyssa Gorelick, IFF

One of the originators of hyperbolic crochet is Daina Taimina and her book explains it all mathematically, how hyperbolic planes are formed in nature and how to create different planes with just a crochet hook and some yarn. It's easy and awesome!

Check out this Flickr pool of hyperbolic crochet creations 
made by people just like you ~ Make your own crocheted reef today!