THE BEAUTIFUL HOLY JEWEL SECTION

MINIATURE STAGHORN CORALS

by Mieko Fukuhara

Mieko’s tiny staghorn corals are crocheted out of mercerized cotton thread, which was traditionally used for making doilies. Her exquisitely detailed forms are modeled on a classic coral species that is now seriously endangered.

 

KNITTED WIRE SEA CREATURES

by Anita Bruce

Knitted and crocheted out of scientific wire, these sea creatures are crafted by English computer programmer Anita Bruce. Anita has created a Darwinian taxonomy of these forms, which were originally devised for her thesis project for a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, an endeavor she began in her forties.

 

THE GARDEN OF AQUA FLORA

by Arlene Mintzer

“The Garden of Aqua Flora” constitutes an extensive fantasy by New York fibre artist Arlene Mintzer. On show here is a small sample of Arlene’s work stacked into miniature Gaudiesque towers.

 

BEADED PLASTIC TRASH

by Nadia Severns

Nadia Severns – a master beader and knitter from upstate New York – transforms the irritant grains of refuse into handicraft pearls. Inside each of her beaded forms is a piece of throw-away plastic trash.

 

FLUORESCENT CORALS

by Ildiko Szabo

One of the Reef’s first contributors, Ildiko Szabo is a theatre costume maker in Liverpool, UK. Ildiko hails from Hungary and her inimitable sense of form and colour make her the Reef’s reigning pop-art queen.

 

HAND-SPUN OCTOPI

by Helen Bernasconi

A former computer programmer, Helen Bernasconi now lives on a farm in the Australian state of Victoria. Helen raises her sheep, shears them, spins the wool and hand-dyes the yarn. She invented the “octopus” form whose tentacles are hyperbolic “curlicues”.

 

TUBE ANEMONES

by Heather McCarren

Heather McCarren created a pale-pink grove of tube anemones while working on a PhD in geoscience at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

 

BEADED JELLYFISH

by Vonda N. McIntyre

Vonda N. McIntrye, a US science fiction writer, is the author of the best-selling novel The Sun and the Moon, in which Louis XIV’s court philosopher has a love affair with a sea monster. Vonda makes her own hyperbolic sea monsters from glass embroidery beads.

 

CHICAGO CAMBRIAN FORMS

by Aviva Alter

500 million years ago in what is known as the Cambrian Explosion life expanded from single-celled organisms into diverse multicellularity. In Aviva Alter’s polymorphous forms we also witness an explosive wealth of potential form.