Sunday, March 11, 2018

Reflections - exhibit in MoMath

An invitation to the opening of the new exhibit at National Museum of Mathematics said: 
"MoMath presents Reflections, an exploration of the intriguing geometries of the reflected world. Reflections have fascinated humanity since time immemorial. The nature of the image we see in a mirror, or in a still body of water, can seem paradoxical and mysterious. Through a series of engaging interactive experiences, Reflections explores the intriguing geometries of the reflected world, revealing profound truths about the very nature of space."
I think this reflection is the best characteristics of the exhibit. Not so much TEACH part but LEARN part for sure. 
At the opening people very actively engaged in all exhibits. This is really hands-on exploration of reflections.
This is an attempt to show reflections combined with fractals. 
I would say that most of the exhibit is illustrations of reflections and hands-on activities. If looking for artistic objects, I would say there were very few. 
Reflections is an interesting educational exhibit, fun for families. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Second edition is on its way!

No posts last year - I had drafts but never finished, Here is my excuse - second edition of Crocheting Adventures has gone off to press and official release date is February 26. The first printing of the original book was the best quality one. So if you prefer first printings of the books then pre-order. I was told that the first printing is ....Well, let us say small. I hope it will run out fast and there will be more. However, the print shop after just seeing a manuscript already asked for the permission to print a few extra copies for their display library because they said - it is a beautiful book.
Is it different from the 1st edition? Yes and no. The content is updated, many pictures that were left as placeholders and afterwards due to time constraints never replaced now are replaced. The chapter about applications of hyperbolic geometry is expanded, new chapter about my adventures after the first edition was published is added. Appendix now is much larger with pictures to illustrate how to make models, and yes, there are more models - step by step instruction for hyperbolic pair of pants, Klein Quartic, Costa surface, Figure eight knot. This book is celebrating 20 years (I cannot believe this number!) of hyperbolic crochet. I took more pictures with my models in nature, and last picture in the book is at the Ithaca Falls - the picture for the first edition was taken there in January 2008 and that is at the beginning of the book (Contents page). I carried again the same model which is now much larger to the same place in January ten years later when in Ithaca it was so cold that falls were frozen.
The book can be pre-ordered on the publisher's page, on Amazon, on Barnes and Noble.
Please suggest this book to your library to make it available to more people!
And - if you still want to have 1st edition - on Amazon right now it has good discount price.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Yarn Visions - SINKKA, Keravan Taidemuseo

Last days of my trip to Europe were spent in Finland. I was invited to participate in an exhibit Yarn Visions in Kerava Art Center SINKKA

Yarn Visions are curated by Minna Haveri. I am happy to have another chance to show White Cloud - the installation that was first made for Riga -2014 exhibit Hyperbolic Planes and Sustainable Networks, curated by RIXC and with help of many Latvian and even Italian crocheters. I wrote about it here. Since the end of the exhibit White Cloud had been in storage, and many thanks to RIXC people who organized it to be shipped to Kerava. 
When after two years I met White Cloud again, this is how it looked. Many thanks to my helpers who gave a hand untangling this pile and hanging it! I also met with the group who calls themselves Wild Crocheters from Kerava - they had made both pink clouds.

These are all three clouds together and geometry explained on the wall with some models to explore.
In Pink Clouds it is easy to notice the color of Pink House - the project that was completed already in August by Olek & group of  Villit Virkkajat volunteers. Creation of Pink House can be seen here.
Director of SINKKA Arja Elovirta introduces the exhibit, curator Minna Haveri getting ready officially to open it.

Tuija Teiska Father, Forgive me

Jenni Haili I am OK and HYÄRYLLISTÄ Tango tribe
Olek Still Life with a Blue Plane

Another use of hyperbolic planes - in Textile Student installation Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea installation by Textile Design students from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences hopes to raise marine pollution awareness.
Noora Schroderus From Bank Note series
Elina Juopperi Inheritance is a work in progress. The audience can bring traditional raanu textiles and the artist will integrate them into the work, adding the donor's name to the piece. (Raanu weavings use a cotton warp and a wool weft.)

Sanna Majander Dark Moon

Melek Mazici Wings of Eternity

Suvi Solkio Here audience is invited to write their dreams on the blanket.
another post about the exhibit Yarn Visions here (in Finnish)
Many thanks to all who made it possible for the White Cloud to travel to Finland. My warmest season greetings to all who participated in creating White and Pink Clouds. And if you can - do not miss this exhibit!