"Crochet Coral Reef: TOXIC SEAS" at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City

"Crochet Coral Reef: TOXIC SEAS" at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City

Earlier this month I took my eight year-old son Finn to see “Crochet Coral Reef: TOXIC SEAS” at the Museum of Art and Design in Manhattan.

From the museum’s web site, Toxic Seas “celebrates the tenth anniversary of the ‘Crochet Coral Reef’” (2005–present), an ongoing project by sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim and their Los Angeles–based organization, the Institute For Figuring. Mixing crocheted yarn with plastic trash, the work fuses mathematics, marine biology, feminist art practices, and craft to produce large-scale coralline landscapes, both beautiful and blighted. At once figurative, collaborative, worldly, and dispersed, the ‘Crochet Coral Reef’ offers a tender response to the dual calamities facing marine life: climate change and plastic trash.”

It’s truly a must-see.












The show is on until Januray 22, 2017 – details here.

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Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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