The ORIGINAL Crochet Coral Reef Project

Greetings and salutations!

After sharing my tide pool creation with you, it seems like a great time to share some of the discoveries I came upon while doing research for May's art challenge. I found an amazing project called The Crochet Coral Reef that was created by The Institute for Figuring that features not only the basic hyperbolic plane that I mentioned in my Tide Pool post but SO much more, all brought about to raise awareness and bring communities together!

“The Institute For Figuring (IFF) is a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core.

The Crochet Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. 
Crochet Coral Reef installations have been exhibited in art and science …

May "Tide Pools" Blog Hop

Welcome followers and new comers!
The art challenge theme for the month of May over at Art Elements was "Tide Pools". It’s REVEAL TIME!!!
You can also follow the links at the end of my blurb (if you're still awake) and see other artists' work inspired by this month's theme!!

I decided to take this theme challenge rather literally. I work better in specifics rather than abstract but I did stretch my comfort zone by using free-form crochet as much as possible to replicate creatures and shapes you might find in a tide pool.  The idea of working free-form with NO patterns or stitch counts makes me break out in hives and was a challenge all of its own to my control freak, precision mind. However, I think the end results are very authentic and creative in a seriously one of a kind way!!

I started out by choosing concept photos to use for basic shape ideas and for selecting my color palette. 

Then I gathered yarn that fit in the palette from my ample stash (the yarn has it’s…

Art Challenge Inspiration

Hi there friends and followers!
I am participating in a mixed medium Art Challenge this year with fellow artisans over at Art Elements. Each month is assigned a different theme and hosted by a different artist. This is only my 2nd month participating and last month my friend Laney was nice enough to host me on her blog so that I could make something for the horse theme.

This awesome Seahorse (pattern by Patchwork Moose) was my contribution and I LOVED seeing what all the other artists made for the month of April. 

You should take a moment to check out last month’s horse challenge creations. These are some seriously talented individuals. It was SO much fun and inspired me so much that it's the reason I created a blog of my own in the first place!! 

The theme for the month of May, selected and hosted by Lesley Watt, is Tide Pools.  😲
I simultaneously thought “awesome!!!” and “Well crap, what does that mean?? I need specifics! I need parameters!” 
Panic set in just thinking of ALL the pos…

The TOUR of the TOTEMS: Part 1

Hello again!
Since I'm new here, I thought you might like to get to know me and my "nest" a little bit better. And what better way to do that, than to take a tour of my work/head space and the totems that surround me in my living room/studio. They are what bring me joy and inspiration, so they might give you good insight to me (perhaps more that I may realize) and also be a way to share OTHER people's artistry that I happen to appreciate and covet.  😃
We will take a photo tour around the room and I will give a little nod or a link to each item as we go. This will be a several segment post since I have quite a LOT of totems gathered over the years to make up my nesting happy place.

So strap on your seat belts, put your seats and tray tables in their full upright positions and ENJOY the journey!!! 

We will start at this side table and work our way around the room...

Here we have my very FIRST prototype Baby Groot!! I chose a yarn (Knit Picks DK City Tweed in Tarantella) th…

New kid

Hi there!!
I'm new in the blog-a-sphere and wanted to say hello! Although I'm not sure what I will write here or how often, I want to send love and light to all of you!!! 

I spend most of my time playing with yarn and crochet hooks and watching movies. It's a rough gig, but somehow I manage to persevere. Haha ;)

My newest addition is my spirit animal Seymour the Snail here. 

I will have to try to remember that I made this blog and I'll stop back again soon to share more from my nest!!! xo