The Asheville Reef

July 19, 2011

Every Wednesday at the HandMade in America office, you can find a group of ladies who drop in for a few hours at lunch to crochet. We are not just any crochet group; there aren’t any hats, scarves or blankets to be seen… we meet to create coral, shells and sea creatures! Our group, along with many others in Western North Carolina have joined with the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design to form The Asheville Reef:

The Asheville Reef is a part of a collaborative project that was created in 2005 by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles. The project emerged out of several intersecting threads in mathematics, marine biology, feminine handicraft, collective art practice, and environmental concerns regarding the plight of living reefs. The Asheville Reef will grow and evolve in the CCCD Gallery with your participation and contributions throughout the course of the exhibition.



Stephanie Moore, Executive Director at CCCD was very kind to open up their gallery on Saturday for our group to bring completed crocheted pieces and take a look at what has been contributed to the reef so far.  They had a beautiful installation with an assortment of sea creatures and new designs.  Stephanie mentioned that the group in Hendersonville attracts over 35 ladies, crochet hooks in hand, every Thursday from 2-4 in their gallery.

Needless to say, our little crochet group left the Center for Craft Creativity and Design inspired and excited to add more to The Asheville Reef.  We were bursting with ideas! I was so excited about everything I saw, I had to finish my coral that night.

To join our crochet group, visit the HandMade in America office on Wednesdays from 11-2 until August 17.  Supplies, patterns and an instructor are available and drop-ins are welcome. Our office is located in Lexington Station in Downtown Asheville, on the corner of Hilliard and Church Street.


Center for Craft Creativity and Design

Find other crochet groups in the area

Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project


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