The Subtleties of Hyperbole

Hyperbolic crochet sculpture created by Chris Loffelmacher
The Institute For Figuring Coral Reef Project A satellite reef in Scottsdale, Arizona (at the public library)

This blog about Fresh City Life's newest  obsession, hyperbolic crochet, is genius and will likely be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize! Is this an example of hyperbole or overweening ego? Yes.

It seems fitting that a fibers technique so extravagant and exaggerated as this would carry the name hyperbolic crochet. The name is based not only on the over-the-top quality of these sculptures, but also the hyperbolic geometry that informs the shapes and designs of this craft.

Hyperbolic crochet has been adopted as a sculptural art expression by many artists and groups dedicated to fiber arts. When I first discovered some images and articles about hyperbolic crochet, I mentioned them to my genius friend, Ann Myhre. As has happened so often in our young friendship, Ann replied that she was not only familiar with the technique, but had mastered it. We plotted to launch a workshop highlighting hyperbolic crochet in the future.

Well, my yarn fiends, the future is here and it looks like an alien landscape of sorts. The photos here are from The Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles, California -- The IFF initiated the first installations of crocheted coral reefs and has since sponsored them all across the country -- in New York, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and many others. What do you think, Denver -- shall we create a satellite coral reef? Sure looks like more fun than a barrel of monkeys. By the way, that last statement is an example of hyberbole. To join our workshop: info and registration here.

 

 

Comments

The top picture is from the book by Daina Taimina Crocheting Adventures with the Hyperbolic Planes which has won 2012 Euler Book Prize - as a library blog you should not ignore that (http://www.amazon.com/Crocheting-Adventures-Hyperbolic-Planes-Taimina/dp/1568814526/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338342474&sr=8-1)

Thanks for the comment. I had noted that this sculpture was created by the originator of hyperbolic crochet (in the caption when you click on the photo), but thanks for letting me know that it is the cover of Daina's book. Unfortunately the library doesn't own this title -- but I will request it. Thanks again!

Saw some similar crocheted flowers woven into the chain link fence that was formerly around the north side of Denver's Union Station a couple of years ago. I think these particular sections of fence have since been removed but I was struck by the simple genius employed to soften something institutional and forbidding into whimsical art for all to enjoy.

Thanks for the comment on this blog. I've been experimenting with the technique this past weekend -- and am really looking forward to Ann's workshop. Always nice to know that folks are reading the blogs.

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