Aqualumina Workshop: Crochet coral reef hats

Aqualumina Workshop: Crochet coral reef hats

Mar 7, 2024

Join us in the Aqualumina Workshop for a special art-making experience with artist Nicole Strafaci.

Nicole will lead workshop participants in creating crochet coral reef hats in preparation for the Aqualumina Festival on May 18, a riverside lantern festival involving music, dance, and inspiring lighting along the river’s edge celebrating water as a vulnerable resource, necessity, bellwether, and mirror of the sky.

Nicole, a mixed media artist who creates site-specific crochet installations, vibrant crochet tapestries, and one-of-a-kind couture garments, designed the hats drawing inspiration from the crochet coral project.

The crochet hats will use white and cream-colored yarn to resemble bleached coral. When corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients, they expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white, according to NOAA. Record-breaking marine heatwaves caused by climate change are causing mass coral bleaching on coral reefs globally.

This five-week workshop series, open to 15 participants, takes place Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 PM from March 7 through April 4. Basic crochet skills are required. The cost is $25, and materials will be provided.

The Aqualumina Workshop is a makerspace dedicated to the creation of costumes and props for the Aqualumina Festival on May 18. A revolving cast of creatives will host in constructing parasol jellyfish lanterns, glow-in-the-dark fish puppets, illuminated cardboard boats, coral reef hats, paper mache lanterns, and a roving river surrey to accompany the festivities in May. These constructions will accrete in the gallery like barnacles until May 18 when they will slide off together with the folks who made them to the festivities. The maker’s space will also feature a photo booth where participants may capture themselves in their aquatic finery.

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