Coral Kaleidoscope

Materials: yarns, fabrics, felt, embroidery cottons, beads, found objects, paper, wire

Technique: crochet, beading, sewing

Size: 20 x 20 x 18 cm

Description: Coral reefs are noted for their enormous variety of micro-habitats, and the amazing diversity of plant and animal species which inhabit them. 

This colourful sculpture is constructed using a wide range of materials (yarns, fabrics, felt, embroidery cottons, beads, found objects, paper, wire) and a multiplicity of techniques (crochet, embroidery, beading, stitching, knitting, paper folding).  When viewed closely from different angles, small previously-unseen features become evident, and the perspective of the whole structure changes.

Thus this assemblage symbolises the unifying cacophony of reef life – the overwhelming array of ever-changing forms, patterns and hues which surround and astound those of us who are fortunate enough to dive on a coral reef and experience this spectacular constantly-varying kaleidoscope.


Selected for display in the “Textile Miniatures” exhibition at Gallery 159 in Brisbane in 2013.
Selected as a finalist in the 3D section of the Moreton Bay Art Awards in 2014.
Awarded first prize in the 3D category in the Scattered Arts “My Queensland” competition in 2014.
Displayed in “Fibrefest” at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium, and as the feature artist at The Slab Hut in Samford in 2015.


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