ANEMONE SNOW GLOBE
When we started crocheting corals it never crossed our minds they could actually be in water. It took the brilliance of industrial designer Kathleen Greco and her patented Jelly Yarn thread to make the transformation to an aquatic environment.
THE RUBBISH VORTEX
Made by Sydney crafter Helle Jorgensen, the “Rubbish Vortex” is crocheted entirely from used plastic shopping bags donated from around the world. The bags are beginning to degrade, an elegaic proof of what happens in the ocean.
VIDEO TAPE KELP FOREST
A forest of kelps made from discarded video-tapes by Christine Wertheim and Evelyn Hardin. Millions of miles of video tape have been thrown away as we move to the DVD age. How many more iterations of imagery is humanity going to discard?
BIN-LINER JELLYFISH FLOCK
A flock of jellyfish made from plastic bin-liners by Margaret Wertheim. These are the liners that fill trash bins in offices and waiting rooms the world over.
BOTTLE TREE GARDEN
A grove of corals crocheted around discarded plastic water bottles by New York crafter Nadia Severns, a committed environmentalist and professional knitter, who made many of the brightly coloured sweaters worn on The Bill Cosby Show.
Made from electroluminescent wire used by the US military to light the insides of tanks, these pieces were constructed by the Reef’s oldest contributor, Eleanor Kent, a 78 year-old media artist in San Francisco. When current flows through the wire the plastic coating fluoresces. Eleanor calls this her ‘granny-tech’.
PLASTIC EXPLODING INEVITABLE REEF
Playfully referring to one of Andy Warhol’s happenings, the Plastic Exploding Inevitable Reef is Christine’s pop-art fantasy. It features hot-pink Jelly Yarn sand and kelps by Kathleen Greco, who invented this special vinyl thread for knitting and crocheting.
Made from the blue plastic wrappers of the New York Times, embellished with straws and medical waste, the Blue Grove is the creation of Los Angeles librarian Clare O’Callaghan who has been collecting plastic trash for over 30 years.
TOXIC REEF FAUNA
Featured in the Toxic Reef are also plasticshopping- bag anemones by UK Reefer Luncinda Ganderton plus “Midden Monsters” by Evelyn Hardin, saran-wrap anemones by Pate Conaway and an elegant trash Bottle Tree by Barbara Wertheim, Margaret and Christine’s mother.