making pretty things

Crafting for a cause

Can crafting help raise awareness of causes?  On London Southbank a few years ago, I came across the incredible Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef , which included a Toxic Reef made of wool and the plastic materials we so easily discard.

Yup, those ARE tampons. Well, hey, they end up flushed into the sea, don’t they?

What about the Plastiki, sailing through the great pacific garbage patch?  The making process gives crafters an inherent sense of materials, waste and production: we know the cost and the time it takes, we understand the qualities of different materials and we re-use them to economise.

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2 responses

  1. I just searched on the crochet coral reef & found your blog. Love these pictures! I just saw the crochet coral reef at the Smithsonian last week & fell head over heels in love with it. I can’t wait to post about my experience with this exhibit too!

    Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

    March 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    • It’s amazing isn’t it? Glad you enjoyed it too!

      March 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

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