Early in 2010, Carol Frolich, organizer of the Indiana Reef, contacted the Indiana State Women's Prison to inquire about the possibility of bringing the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project to some of its inhabitants. Anna Brown, Program Coordinator of the Sheltered Women's Workshop, brought Carol to the prison to visit a group of hand-picked women three times over the course of a few months.
Many of the women in the Workshop were already familiar with crochet, as they regularly produce hats, scarves, mittens, and blankets for the homeless and the Veteran's Hospital. However, the CCR brought a new sense of play to the women's work. They chose yarn from the prison's supplies and brainstormed ideas for the Reef. In between each of the three visits Carol made to the State Prison, the crafters produced a plethora of animated coral and creatures.
These creations now constitute a ‘Patch Reef’ that will be included as a part of the Indiana Reef exhibition at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, opening September 1, 2010. The IFF is proud to have these Indiana women on board the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral project and thank them for all their efforts.
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Carissa Whitesell, Cindy White, Jessica Utter, Debra Rollins, Lyane Casiano, Carol Smith, Latonya Robinson, Krista Cline, Constance Tomich, Morgan Dalton, Talinqa Johnson, Helen M. Clements, and Michelle Jones.