The Institute For Figurings Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. Coral and sea creatures made by women from all around the world.

The Institute For Figuring is crocheting a coral reef: a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.

Helle Jorgensen is contributing crochet coral reef sections as well as her rubbish vortex which she has crocheted entirely from plastic bags [see below a picture of it installed at her home – still in construction + picture of her crochet coral]



Also participating is In the Loop – a knitting and crocheting club based at the World Financial Center. In the Loop is working on an addition to the reef. The picture is of Barbara Hillery Van Elsen from Playing with string, Barbara represented the NYC Crochet Guild (www.nyccrochetguild.org), which did the bulk of the work on the NY Reef.


Inga Hamilton is contributing plastic jellyfish and coral reef forms [see images of her plastic rubbish confection like anemones and urchins]



Helen Bernasconi [from the crochet cactus garden – crocheted pseudosphere embellished with mathematically precisely spaced hyperbolic curlicues – via Margaret Wertheim’s Flickr]


cactus flowers by Sarah Simons – these are made from mercerized cottons mixed together in various hues.


plastic crochet forms made by Evelyn Hardin. These forms are made from glow-in-the-dark craft lace, and light up with a delicate phosophorescent glow at night. – Part of the Toxic Reef – a hybrid conglomeration made from yarn and plastic garbage. The purpose of this reef is to draw attention to the growing problem of plastic trash that is pouring into the world’s oceans and devastating marine eco-systems.


exhibitions schedule:

New York University “Broadway Windows” (NYC, NY)
In conjunction with the New York Institute of the Humanities and the Steinhardt School at NYU, a selection of the IFF’s most complex and delicate sub-reefs will be on exhibition in the Broadway Windows space. The exhibition will include the Bleached Reef, the Branched Anemone Garden, and the Ladies Silurian Reef.
When: April 5th – May 18th 2008 Location: Broadway Windows, at the corner of Broadway and 10th St.

World Financial Center, Winter Garden (Battery Park City, NYC) A second exhibition of IFF crochet corals will be staged at the World Financial Center, Winter Garden. On display here will be the IFF’s yarn-and-plastic-extravaganza, the Toxic Reef. The Winter Garden show will mark the debut appearance of the Rubbish Vortex crocheted entirely from used plastic shopping bags by IFF Australian contributor Helle Jorgensen, and The Other Crochet Reef by the mysterious Dr Axt. On display will also be a large cloud of plastic jellyfish forms by Irish contributor Inga Hamilton, Cambrian Explosion forms by Aviva Alter, hyperbolic octopii by Helen Bernasconi, and beaded hyperbolic marvels by Rebecca Peapples and Sue Von Ohlsen. The WFC show will also debut the New York Reef, currently under construction, and will see the New York premier of the Chicago Reef.
When: April 5th – May 18th 2008
Location: World Financial Center Winter Garden (beside staircase) 220 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281