I went to the Institute for Figuring on October 15th, I went with a couple classmates. As we were driving it was difficult to locate the IFF, we actually passed it and decided to park and walk around until we found it. Once we found it, I was surprised by how small it was. It was nothing like I was expecting, I expected a larger location. But as I entered I saw one room with a table, books, math equations, and art around the room. As I kept walking I noticed that there were two other rooms. A black room that had a work station that allowed us to interact and be a part of the project. Then there was a back room with the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project.
My favorite part of the IFF was the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project. This part of the institute stood out to me most because of the vivid colors that were used. I also enjoyed that most of the reefs were made from recycled objects, such as trash bags and tape from VHS tapes. Another reef was made from beads. I liked that the reefs did not have to be crocheted from yarn and instead different substances could be used. The coral reefs were crocheted and created using the hyperbolic geometry principles. They looked so interesting, the way they curled and had waves to them.
These two pieces were my favorite coral reef projects they were the Beaded Pod World and Plastic Pod World. In the Beaded Pod World I liked the blue and green beaded pseudospheres by Sue Von Olson. Her pieces are mathematically precise renderings of the hyperbolic equivalent of cones. I liked the colors of the beads and I liked how the top of the cones curved and seemed like they had motion to them. In the Plastic Pod World I liked Christine Wertheim’s orange coral reef. I mainly enjoyed this one because of the colors and the use of the recycled plastic trash bag. The curves of the reef and striped colors stood out.
Overall I enjoyed my experience at Institute for Figuring! It was not not what I had expected, but it was still quite interesting. I was mainly inspired by the use of plastic bags and the VHS tapes. I like the idea of recycling goods and making them into something new. I want to work with those substances and make something out of it. I am thinking of crocheting VHS tapes and trash bags and making accessories, such as bags, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets out of it. They can also be fluid and curvy like the coral reefs in the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project!