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Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef samples

Made by In Stitches Collective in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2009.

These Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef samples were donated by the InStiches artist collaboration comprising Claire Conroy, Michaela Davies and Charlotte Hayward in 2009. Produced by the artists, volunteers, and workshop participants as part of an artist-in-residency program at the Bundanon Trust, New South Wales, these twelve samples were donated to the Museum’s collection after they were displayed at the Ultimo Science Festival in August 2009. InStiches facilitated the Sydney Hyperbolic Crochet C...


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Object Statement

Crochet samples, Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, wool / plastic, made by In Stitches Collective (Claire Conroy, Michaela Davies and Charlotte Hayward), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2009

Physical Description

12 samples of hyperbolic crochet in the form of coral reef sea life, various shapes, sizes and colours, wool and plastic.


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These samples were produced during the lead up to the Ultimo Science Festival 2009 held at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and displayed as part of the festival from 22-29 August 2009. Producers included the artists from the In Stitches Collective (Claire Conroy, Michaela Davis and Charlotte Hayward), volunteer knitters and crafters, and workshop participants. Samples such as these created the larger exhibition reefs, and came to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney via workshops in Wollongong, Castle Hill and Alice Springs. There was also a Call Out for Contributors posted Sydney Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef website on 5 August 2009, whereby participants could post or drop off their samples in person. A full list of contributors/producers can be found at: Materials used were both traditional and contemporary, with components of the reef comprising yarn, wire, VHS tapes, rope and fibre optic cables.



These samples are part of a larger global phenomenon of Crochet Coral Reef, of which the Sydney chapter is a satellite site. Run by In Stitches Collective and developed out of an artist-in-residency program at the Bundanon Trust, NSW in Australia, the movement began at the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles, California, USA in 2005 by Margaret Wertheim. The project priority was to bring attention to the effect global warming and plastic trash are having on our oceans. Through community art, handicraft, marine biology and mathematics, the Crochet Coral Reef project has been seen by more then three million people. Touring venues have typically been art and science museums, namely the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), The Hayward (London), the Science Gallery (Dublin), the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC) and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia.


Credit Line

Gift of the In Stitches Collective, 2009

Acquisition Date

22 September 2014

Cite this Object


Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef samples 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 October 2019, <>


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