Sep 1, 2009

The show has closed

The show was so awesome we thank everyone for their contributions and interest.

Thank you so much to the people that helped make and appreciate the Sydney Reef...

  • Margaret and Christine Wertheim for opening up the project to develop globally by sharing their research.
  • All the contributors for their, time. passion, materials and forming new groups.
  • Anna Vo - for donating A LOT of wool - a very generous lady.
  • Sarah Galvin - for assisting with the patterns and demonstration examples.
  • Bundanon - for supporting - In Stitches.
  • Amanda Cole - for workshop and education support.
  • Annette Conroy - For workshop and education support.
  • Sally Murphy & Fiona Tchan - donating wool.
  • Beth and Ted Cook for donating wool.
  • Powerhouse Museum/
  • especially Helen Whitty - for her encouragement and advice from the very beginning.
  • Derek Williams as our point of contact through out the powerhouse experience.
  • Matthew Connell for being so passionate about the project.

If you missed it - you have a chance to experience a piece of the Sydney Reef at Viva La Gong on the Saturday 7th November.

Cheers from In Stitches, we will be in touch soon.

Aug 23, 2009

The Show is Open

The exhibition has been launched and is open up to the 30th of August. With over 350 contributors the show is really special , thankyou to everyone who made the Sydney Reef.

Network Image
Above : The image created by In Stitches to represent the connections between crochet groups in the Sydney Reef project.
Each name in the image is related to geometry and coral reef degradation. Follow the names and see how groups grew.

The Sydney Reef...

Launch on Saturday the 22nd.

Below: Matthew Connell curator of mathematics and computing reading excerpts of a 1703 edition of Euclids - Elements of Geometry.

Details from the Sydney Reef...

Images by Claire Conroy

Throughout the festival there will be talks related to Maths, Climate Change and Coral Reefs.

Sunday 31 August 2009
2pm - 3pm, Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo

Can corals survive humans?
Associate Professor Peter Ralph, Executive Director Plant Functional Biology & Climate Change Cluster (C3)

Corals have existed for millions of years and survived in a wide range of climates; but coral bleaching seems to have pushed corals to the brink. Research in to coral bleaching has been at the forefront of the climate change agenda for many years. It attracts much public interest, but we still do not know why corals die at temperatures only a few degrees higher than their optimum. Will the Great Barrier Reef be dominated by fleshy macroalgae, soft corals or just a film of bacteria covering the dead coral skeletons?

Wednesday 26 August 2009
2pm - 3pm, Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo

From certainty to fallibility: an epic tale from the history of mathematics
Matthew Connell, Principal Curator, Science Technology and Industry, Powerhouse Museum

For 2000 years, the geometry of Euclid's Elements was regarded as the pinnacle of human reasoning and the most reliable branch of knowledge. The Sydney hyperbolic crochet coral reef demonstrates a new geometry which, when discovered 200 years ago, led to a great philosophical crisis. How can the shapes seen rendered by crochet have brought the mathematical world to its knees?

Matthew Connell will discuss the crisis started by the discovery of non-Euclidean geometries and how attempts to resolve it led to conception of the defining technology of our age. The Syndey hyperbolic crochet coral reef is on display from 21-30 August.

These special Talks After Noon events are part of Ultimo Science Festival.

Talks After Noon is a series of lectures, held twice a week, with Museum curators, experts and special guests

Talks are free with Museum admission ($10 adults/$6 concession/Powerhouse Members free)
Powerhouse Museum 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Tel (02) 9217 0509 Email

Full program online

Excellent Reading.....

A Field Guide to Hyperbolic Space: An Exploration of the Intersection of Higher Geometry and Feminine Handicraft by Margaret Wertheim
or at the Museum.

Aug 20, 2009

Installation and Opening

The Science festival and reef open tomorrow and very excitingly we celebrate the reef coming together on Saturday Afternoon 3 - 5 pm - We have been very busy getting the show ready and its looks completely amazing. We will keep the blog updated for those who cant attend. Thanks to everyone for getting your coral in to us. x In Stitches.

Here is a look back at some of the install action.

Charlotte and Michaela Installing Attols on Museum Plinths.

Testing Coral and sorting Colours

Claire - cutting - Echo pannel (60% recycled PET bottles - 100% Recyclable)

Michaela, Damien and Charlotte in the workshop.

The ariel veiw of our Attols - making a hyperbolic saddle.

Charlotte and Ed in the workshop

Aug 10, 2009

Big thanks to all our hosts and contributors from our recent workshops.

Above Hyperbolic - Pesticide workshop - Castle Hill Discovery Centre Open Day

Above: Hyperbolic - Light Intensity workshop Ultimo Library July 2009

Above: Hyperbolic Sunscreen - Wollongong Workshop in preparation for the Viva La Gong Festival on the 7th November 2009.

Above - Hyperbolic Blast Fishing workshop at the Power House Museum July 2009

Above: Alice Springs Beanie festival - Hyperbolic Rubbish - June 2009.

Photographs by Claire Conroy.

Aug 5, 2009

Call Out & Many Thanks

We are compiling the coral reef at the moment and we are inviting interested contributors to crochet some select forms.
(Some of them not all hyperbolic!)

This is a call for pot pots, toxic reef forms (made of plastic bags, video tape, wire, cassette tape, anything you can turn into yarn), dead coral or the spindley skeletal like shapes.

You can drop into the Powerhouse or post in up until the 16th August. Or email us for further details.

Thanks everyone it's looking great!!

"Black - Pot Pot and Orange Urchin"

Image- Claire Conroy

Jul 20, 2009

Opening Announced & Contributors list

Opening Announced- There will be an informal gathering and celebration of contributors work at 3pm on Saturday the 22nd of August, where you can meet the rest of the hyperbolic crochet community and see the installation. Entry to the Museum as normal, so bring friends and family along for the day and see the rest of the Ultimo Science festival too.

Contributors Please note: Following is our working list to be included in the exhibition. These names are of everyone who attached name tags in with their coral.

If you have contributed and your name is not on the list (or know of someone whose name is missing) don't worry we wont leave you out - please just email us or make a new comment at the bottom of this entry with your full name and we will update it.

Thank you for all the lovely coral you have been contributing to the project. The installation is shaping up really beautifully.

Current Contributors List

Aanya Roennfeldt-Bongers
Arana Hills Library Knitting Group
Aaron Statham
Aija Neilands
Aileen Francis
Agnes Gal
Alice Crisle
Alison Chan
Alison Collins
Alison Sexton-Green
Amanda Cole
Amanda Graupner
Anahi Castillo Angon
Andrea Burns
Andrea Carew
Andrew Silk
Angela Bellamy
Angus Mahon
Annabel Lines
Anne Atcheson
Anne Holder
Anne Mondro
Annette Conroy
Annette Young
Awen Davidson
Barbara Allen
Barbara Robins
Barbara Bee
Bea Sochan
Belinda Gamlen
Ben Maloney
Bethel of Bethania
Betty Hassold
Betty Stuckey
Beverly Brandon
Beverly cox
Birgit Shubert-Kingcott
Briana Green
Carla Ganassin
Carlene Bagnall
Carly Miller
Carmelita Taffa
Carol Chandeley
Carol Faulkner
Carol Lowther
Caroline Atkinson
Caroline Turner
Catherine Fetherston
Charlotte Haywood
Cherie Hingee
Cheryl Cannon
Cheryl Smith
Clara Tenhave
Claire Conroy
Claire Glover
Clare Holland
Clare Lowther
Claire Sives
Claire Pullen
Claudia Mahon
Constance Smith
Coralie Turner-Morris
Courtney Walcott
Cybele Shorter
Damian Martin
Danuta Chora
Danielle Driver
Dawn Hollyer
Debbie Peterson
Desley Markham
Ding Wei Li
Dorothy Jones
Dominka Bjelobrk
Danna Sgro
Edith Draper
Edric Hong
Elaine Lally
Elizabeth Bright
Elizabeth Raymond
Elizabeth Wales
Elizabeth Woods
Ella Murnane
Elly Koeppel
Eremaya Albrecht
Emma Selamless
Emmeliue Tylern
Eve Glenn
Fei Lin
Fiona O'Beirne
Floria Popoff
Floria Tosca
Flossie Petsch
Frances Ford
Francis Smith
Frankie Pinkerton
Gabrielle Consadine

Gabriel McMurdo
Gai Mather
Georgina Phe
Georgina Yan
Giok May Tjoa
Giovanna Piccoi
Gillian Budden
Gladys Newell
Gloria Muddle
Gwen Benson
Hannah Boyd
Hannah Escano
Heather Davidson
Heather Aspinall
Helen Bowman
Helen Fergeson
Helen Keenan
Helen Lovelock
Helen Martin
Helen McGuire
Helen Noone
Helen Swain
Helen Walters
Hyperbolic crochet club members from IGS
Immogen Semler
Inger Christoffersen
Ingrid Baker
Irene Seeto
Jacklynn Draper
Jacqueline Steffen
Jan Garland
Jan Lucas
Jane Roth
Janine Matthews
Jany Garland
Jeanette John
Jennifer Porter
Jenny Chang
Jenny Dowde
Jens Germon
Jill Bilston
Jim Orman
Jo Callegari
Johanna Roberts
Jodie O'Leary
Joanne Pedro
Judith Green
Judy Bourke
Judy Hammond
Judy Jones
Judy Nish
Judy Rainsford
Joyce Scott
Jordan Spence
Julia Jacobs
Julia Stewart
Julia Mather
Karen Adams
Karyn Ridgway
Kate Belfield
Kate Campbell
Kate Fraser
Kate Ratner
Kate Lawrence
Kate Morris
Kath Daniel
Kathy Watson
Kathryn Davies
Kay Lawrence
Kerin Botha
Kirsty McCully
Kirsty Stringer
Kim Reilly
Kim Taiki
Kerin Botha
Koby Hagenfelds
Kristy Graham
Kylie Butler
Kylie Gillespie
Kym Palfreman
Leanna McAlpine
Liane Rossler
Lee Wallace
Leslie Lockwood
Lesley Grady
Liane Rossler
Lillian Jaros
Lilly Webb
Lis Mertens
Lisa Nolan
Lise Roberts
Liz Thwaites
Louise Jansen
Lorraine Boomer
Lorraine Stephenson
Lyndell of Newtown
Lyn Lockwood
Lynne McNairn
Lucy Kennedy
Mae Taylor
Maria Pahuta
Maricarmen Po'o
Marie Freeman
Marie Wickens
Mars Hall
Marty Jay
Marg Lanne
Margaret Perkins
Margaret Banks
Margarete Ferris
Margaret Jaffe
Marnie Holmes
Mary Preece
Maureen Craig
Mhairi McClymont
Meg Bishop
Megan Jack
Mel Darr
Melissa Silk
Melody Caramins
Meredith Duncan
Michaela Davies
Michelle Perry
Mim Reilly
Monica Perry
Morwena Pearce
Myra Cheng
Nancy Langley
Naomi Odean
Naumi Hogan
Nicci Riley
Nicola Scott
Nita Byrne
Norma Warnecke
Norma Warnecke
Odile Berget
Olwen Chung
Pam Hicks
Patience Peitsch
Pat Chambers
Perran Costi
Peta Smith
Pilar Angon
Pippa Markham
Popi-Laurel Silk
Pru McCausland
Rae Heaton
Rachelle Balez
Rena Shein
Renee Boustead
Renata Kirkpatrick
Rita Pearce
Richenda Ewen
Robin Laurie
Robya Williams
Robyn Beeche
Rosanna Ganassin
Rosemary Mahon
Rosey Bridge
Ros Tattersal
Ruth Spence
Claudia Mahon
Angus Mahon
Robin Tuttleby
Robyn Gardner
Robyn Sander
Rowan Phipps
Sabine Parge
Sallie Lin
Sandy Reagan
Sandra Pamplin
Sarah Castor-Perry
Sarah Galvin
Sarah Streatfeild
Sharon Phillips
Sheila Wiltshire
Shi Ting
Shigenlo Newell
Simon Azzopardi
Sophie Verrichia
Soo Moy Lew
Stephanie Phillips
Sue Knight
Sue Rogers
Sue Scott
Sumugan Sivanesan
Suzanne Dargie
Suzzanne Matkowski
Susan Goode
Susan Handle
Susan Hey
Susan Sands
Tamara Kennedy
Tahl Solomon
Terry Patterson

Tiiu Vanamois
Toni Lea - Howie
Trish Castillo
Trish McAlpine
Trish Sabatier
Trisha Smout
Ursula Harrison
Vanessa Robins
Vishna Collins
Vivienne Miller
Wendy Diver
Wendy Hanna
Wendy Sheppard
Wendy Xu
Yvonne Lonsdale
Yvette Higgins
Yong Xin Liu
Zacha Rosen
Zoe Paull
Zuza Zochowski

Thanks to everyone and please start sending coral into us or bring it along to the next workshop sunday 26th July.

xx In Stitches