Artist Research: Margaret Wertheim & Christine Wertheim.

The Crochet Coral Reef is a website that I came across whilst researching for artists that primarily focus on marine life as a part of their artistic studies. This webpage has a large variety of very unique pieces of artworks that combine the use of textiles, mathematics and a knowledge on marine biology in each and every piece. This passage found on the website briefly explains the mains purposes of the foundation; The Crochet Coral Reef is a project created by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring, a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core”

One of the things that I find interesting about the wide variety of work that these artists have been creating is the fact that they focus on a range of different aspects and use the knowledge on marine biology that they have come to learn throughout this project to create aesthetically pleasing pieces of work that have had very careful consideration for the use of colours, sizes and in particular angles. For example one of my favourite installations they have created is the range of ‘Satellite reefs’ which is a selection of crochet based pieces that focus on the piece as a whole from a birds- eye point of view so that you view the piece from above.

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As a whole I think that creating these beautiful pieces of work through the use of crochet is really interesting and unique as not only is the coral they create beautiful in itself, when you look more closely at individual pieces you see the intricate details where the wools have been looped etc, which adds a textured effect to each piece. Furthermore, the way in which these crochet installations are exhibited and created throughout different areas within the States allows the artwork to be showcased to a large audience which in turn has engaged communities into getting involved with the making processes.

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I feel that the work that these artists has given me insight into more ways in which I could use a craft such as crochet to create some interesting textures the reflect the marine life that I have photographed and experiment with the use of different coloured yarns to see what works best.


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