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What do an oak leaf lettuce, a tree fungus, a sea snail, and a coral have in common? They all share similar ways when it comes to building their bodies, mathematically known as hyperbolic geometry.


The Latvian mathematician, Daina Taimiņa, was the first person to use crochet to ‘visualise’ and  ‘materialise’ a hyperbolic plane. 


In this workshop, we introduce the structure of these living forms through crochet using upcycled textiles such as recycled T-shirt yarn. The crocheting process reveals the intricacies of hyperbolic geometry as a creative ‘building’ strategy for constructing natural forms that play a crucial role in the balance of ecosystems. Fungi play a major role as decomposers and recyclers. They supply nutrients and therefore life to the surrounding environments and their inhabitants.


PLACE: UOWMakerspace, 60 Squires Way, North Wollongong NSW 2500

(Park in the Science Space carpark for free)


SPEAKERS: Alyson Haynes, PhD Candidate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong, Rachelle Balez, PhD Candidate, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong


DIFFICULTY:  Easy - Intermediate

COST: Free