CROCHET CORAL REEF
A global art project that combines community activism, environmental awareness, math, science – and now fashion!
In collaboration with the Science Center Satellite Coral Reef, Fashion Art Toronto and designer Ali Haider collaborate to bring the coral reef into the realm of fashion, clothing, and fabric innovation. Inspired by the principles behind the how corals are shaped, the way they move underwater and how they are forged, and using coral crochet by Christine Pigeon and community volunteers, designer Ali Haider creates an experimental sculptural collection of garments. The collection of garments will be filmed at the Ontario Science Center as part of the Fashion Art Toronto Virtual Fashion Week.
Crochet has an amazing ability to model the mathematically unique forms of reefs while bringing crafting communities and science education together. That’s what inspired science writer Margaret Wertheim and artist Christine Wertheim, twin sisters from Australia, to create the Crochet Coral Reef project.
Since the sisters started the project in 2005, more than 10,000 people from around the world have come together to crochet 40-plus community-made Satellite Reefs. Meanwhile, the Wertheims’ Crochet Coral Reef travelling exhibition has delighted audiences from the Venice Biennale to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
The Ontario Science Centre is honoured to become the home of the Ontario Satellite Reef—building both a virtual reef as part of an online community and a physical art installation that will simulate a coral reef on the floor of the Centre. Complementing this citizen-art, the Crochet Coral Reef travelling exhibition is scheduled to come to the Ontario Science Centre in late 2020.
Ali Haider is an upcoming artist in the fashion world. An OCAD University graduate, Ali is a graphic turned fashion designer, presenting his sixth collection. It is common for those who know Ali to state that his sense of style manages to grab everyone’s attention. This comes as no surprise that what he creates and what he puts on every morning is a medium for communication and expression of his individuality. The combination between his individuality and expressive nature of fashion allows Ali to dazzle everyone around him. Ali has showcased his collection internationally at New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. Quickly gaining media attention, Ali’s designs have also been featured on the Pages of VOGUE, L’OFFICIEL and many more. With his unique take, Ali has been involved in creating clothing pieces that reflect his fun and wild personality.