The response and enthusiasm from participants in the Baltimore Satellite Reef has been amazing and totally overwhelming! Thus, the project organizers have decided to extend the crocheting past the opening. Let’s make this the biggest and most epic reef ever! Keep crocheting and you can drop off or send us completed pieces until June 16th!
Sometimes, I do stuff beyond dyeing yarn. I feel especially lucky to be a part of the amazing arts community in Baltimore. Within my little world, I get to interact with artists, playwrights, designers, musicians and dancers. However, I don’t generally feel like an artist myself. Usually, I think of myself as a small-scale manufacturer. A business woman with a somewhat creative business. Until now. Until this project. Now I feel like I am actually contributing to the arts community in Baltimore.
Community members young and old from all around Baltimore City have crocheted this enormous coral reef replica. The larger HCCR project began in 2005 with Christine and Margaret Wertheim, of the Institute for Figuring, in response to the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. The HCCR is a community arts project that creates new methods to engage the public about scientific and environmental issues. With an unusual fusion of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, collective art practice and environmental consciousness, the BSR will be a unique and distinct part of what may be the largest community arts and science project in the world. Because of the flexibility of the formula and creativity of each community, it will be totally unique from the others, much like the ocean’s living coral reefs.
Since last fall, I have been working with members of the Baltimore community, including an amazing group of middle schoolers at the Midtown Academy, to create pieces of the reef. Now, I need your help. You can help support the BSR in two different ways.
First, you can crochet or knit your own coral. We would love to include as many different pieces in the final reef exhibition as possible.
- For each piece that you contribute, you will be entered to win a raffle prize. Raffle prizes include yarn and goodies from Neighborhood Fiber Co., Cephalopod Yarns, Dragonfly Fibers, Cooperative Press, Weaverknits and more!
- To be considered for the raffle, all contributions must be received by Sunday, April 28th.
- Here is great list of crochet and knitting patterns for coral and undersea life for your inspiration.
- You can drop off or mail completed coral to me at Neighborhood Fiber Co., 13 W 25th Street, First Floor, Baltimore, MD 21218 or at Gallery CA, 440 E Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.
- Or, thanks to the amazing support of our local knitting and crochet community, you can take your completed piece to any of the following sponsoring stores:
All About Yarn
The Knitting Boutique
The Knitting Loft
Looped Yarn Works
The Yarn Spot
Second, we are raising money to financially support this project through Kickstarter.