I can’t help but digress from metal clay today and share with you aTED talk that I watched Friday night that really got me thinking. It is from 2009 and is called the Beautiful Math of Coral with Margaret Wertheim.
The other piece of the story is about the crocheted coral Ms. Wertheim and her sister started to create shich suddenly it went viral and they had people all over the world contributing to their crocheted coral reef project. The whole project lead to the creation of the Institute of Figuring.
The Institute of Figuring is described as:
“Located in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles, the IFF’s venue functions both as an exhibition space and as a “play tank” for developing new methods of creative engagement with topics ranging from geometry and topology, to physics, computation, and biological forms”
Whether you want to be scientific or not, don’t forget to take some time and be creative.
The Institute of Figuring has a descriptive book on hyperbolic space making crochet corals which you can purchase called A Field Guide to Hyperbolic Space: An Exploration of the Intersection of Higher Geometry and Feminine Handicraft. I found this link How to crochet hyperbolic corals.