Hyperbolic Crochet Project
Tutor: Hannah Thomson
Six Friday sessions: 26 April, 3rd May, 10th May, 17th May, 24th May a gap for half-term and then last session on 7th June
During this six-week workshop you will learn the technique of hyperbolic crochet. For the first three weeks, we will explore the different shapes that can be made, and then will look at how reclaimed and recycled materials can be adapted to make hyperbolic forms. Half way through the project will be a chance to be involved in an open studio day at Atelier where will showcase our work so far and invite members of the public to learn the technique
During the second half of the course we will collaborate to design and make a piece of wearable art to exhibit at Art Couture Painswick’s Wearable Art Festival at Gloucester Cathedral on 14th June.
This workshop offers a chance to work in a collaborative, playful and experimental way. All abilities are welcome from complete beginners to crochet experts!
‘Discovered’ by Professor Daina Tamaina in 1997, hyperbolic crochet solved a problem that had been puzzling scientists and mathematicians since the mid 19th century: how to model and study hyperbolic planes, a form of non-Euclidian geometry that could help to understand the shape of the universe itself. Once she started making these models it became apparent that these shapes, with continuous negative curvature, were present in many corners of the natural world, from lettuce leaves and kale, to coral reef and sea slug’s skirts.
Hyperbolic crochet is a free-form and experimental technique that can be created without a pattern and in infinite variations just by learning a couple of simple stitches. After experimenting with the technique, a group of us are collaborating to use this technique to create a piece of wearable art to enter in the Arts Couture Painswick Wearable Arts Festival in June, to fit in with their biomimicry theme. We will be exploring themes of environmentalism by using donated, reclaimed and recycled materials.
Hannah Thomson is a community arts practitioner with a special interest in the crossovers between art and other subjects, and the potential for arts-based learning to help people to explore and understand the sciences, maths, history and the natural world.