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The Fourth Dimension – Hyperbolic Crochet April 21, 2010

Filed under: Art works,Crochet,Exhibitions,Fibre,Science fiction — Janet @ 9:18 am

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef – A Woolly Wonder

This exhibition is a must for all textile enthusiasts, mathematicians, scientists, science fiction buffs, etc.  It really is spectacular.    

Back in October I wrote a brief blog about the Crochet Coral Reef Project.  At that time the invitation was made to participate in working on the Irish Reef part of this worldwide endeavour.   I didn’t find time to participate but now I was delighted to see the completion of the work by some of my textile friends. 

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about a weird book title award.  The winning title for 2009 was Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes.  I couldn’t find any mention of this book at the exhibition but I had better luck over at Hodges Figgis.  They looked it up on their computer but couldn’t find it – I went off and searched in the crochet books and lo and behold there it was.  It was quite expensive but I couldn’t resist buying it.  It is a wonderful book.  I suggested that the man should give it to me free since they didn’t know they had it but he wasn’t buying that idea.  Nevertheless I am delighted with my purchase, particularly when he told me it is now out of print.

Just a few photos for you of bits of the exhibition


From the upstairs part of the exhibition, I could look down on the bicycles for the Dublin Rent-a-Bike scheme.  Hmm, I thought – those bikes look easy to ride – should I rent one and cycle the streets of Dublin – here was my chance!  But, alas, the streets of Dublin are quite daunting – particularly the big buses.  So I made my excuses, no helmet etc., and missed my opportunity.  Maybe I’ll be better prepared next time and I’ll choose a quiet Sunday morning.  Meanwhile I’ll think fondly of my Dutchie bike waiting for me back in Seattle.  Isn’t she a beauty.     

      my Seattle bike, with blue helmet


6 Responses to “The Fourth Dimension – Hyperbolic Crochet”

  1. Just wanted to update you and your readers — crocheting adventures with hyperbolic planes is NOT out of print. You can get it direct from the publisher at http://www.akpeters.com (http://www.akpeters.com/product.asp?ProdCode=4520) or many resellers, including Amazon.com, BN.com, and more, also globally.


    • Janet Says:

      Thank you for your comment on my blog. I’ll have to go in to town again and speak with that man in Hodges Figgis. Also, yesterday there were 2 copies left in Hodges Figgis and I urged the man to make a point of displaying them in conjunction with the Coral Reef exhibition. That exhibition is happening very close by at the Science Gallery in Trinity. And I feel that the book would sell well at that gallery also – they had quite a few books but not that one.

  2. Joanna Says:

    Hi Janet, I tried to buy a bike when living in Dublin, but didn’t want to get a new one, and couldn’t find a good used one, but later, I decided that riding there would be taking my life in my hands. The buses are the worst, but everything else, including looking the wrong way at crossings, seems pretty scary. I rode through London once with no problems, but Dublin seems to have loonier drivers.

  3. Bettina Says:

    I wouldn’t use my bike on the inner city roads in dublin! not even with a helmet – it’s mayhem and I always wonder how those couriers stay alive! plenty of busses or the luas – it might be cramped, but at least it’s not that dangerous:))

  4. I’ve never seen anything like this crocheting, it is extremely cool! And very inspirational – thanks for sharing!

  5. I keep thinking that I don’t like crochet until I see it like that. I guess I need to amend my thoughts to, I don’t like to “wear” crochet, because that stuff is fabulous!

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