Workshop crocheting coral - Crocheting for Coral Reef

thursday evening open

Workshop crocheting coral Crocheting for Coral Reef

18:00 - 21:00

On this long Thursday evening you are crocheting for a higher purpose. If you always wondered what crocheting and the coralreefs of the world have to do with eachother, you cannot miss this evening. Learn how to grow a coral reef in the museum just by crocheting. The Crochet Reef project is an idea by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and they are collaborating with the Institute for Figuring based in Los Angeles. The 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 museums worldwide. 
On this evening you will see how simple and fun it is to crochet a colorful reef structure. Bring your whole family, because everyone can do this!

The crocheting workshop takes place from 18.00 until 21.00h. Besides this workshop, you can attend short lectures by artist Saar Snoek and mathematician Florine Meijer. (Lectures will be in Dutch.) These take place from 19.15 until 20.00h in the auditory. 

The lectures and workshop are free of charge when you are in possession of a valid museum entrance ticket. On Thursday evening, access to the museum is free for students, and you get a 50% discount with your city pass.

Crochet Coral Reef

The Eindhoven Satellite Reef is part of the Crochet Coral Reef project, an idea by Margaret and Christine Wertheim who are collaborating with the Institute for Figuring based in Los Angeles.

Artist Saar Snoek

When Saar Snoek made her first piece of felt, she discovered that wool is a super medium with which she can paint and sculpt at the same time. It is soft and smells good, paints well, and has the special quality that it 'remembers' shapes during the felting process, when shrinking and drying. For Saar, making spatial work is a slow, exciting and strenuous process, in which the felt undergoes miraculous transformations. From fragile fibers, via an unmanageable heap of wet stuff, to a strong object that still feels soft. On 3, May Saar Snoek will tell more about her work.

See more about Snoek here


Mathematician Florine Meijer

Florine Meijer is a lecturer in mathematics and physics and she is very busy with hyperbolic forms in nature. In her blog 'wisknutsels' she combines mathematics and creativity by giving examples of crafts, hooks and paints with a mathematical touch. She has previously written about the Crochet Coral Reef project by Margaret and Christine Wertheim (Institute for Figuring), which is now on show in the Van Abbemuseum and can therefore outline a nice mathematical framework around it.

See more about Meijer here (in Dutch).


  • Institute For Figuring