April 15, 2014 – 4:52 pm
Textiles students on the Strathfield Campus make craft look easy. When you watch these students in action, it’s as if they’re working with their eyes closed. Their hands go in and out and over and under.
On Monday 14 April, the students held an event on the main quad to raise awareness of sustainability in textiles. The students manned a clothing stall and supervised a number of activities including how to knit and crochet. They also encouraged the university community to donate their old clothes. Another group of textiles students gathered at the Strathfield Campus Library to create a hyperbolic crochet. Inspired by mathematician Daina Taimiða, the form uses crochet to represent hyperbolic planes. Using a specific crochet pattern, the fabric becomes wider and on completion resembles a coral ball. ACU staff and students were encouraged to participate by adding to the hyperbolic crochet and knitting blankets which will be donated to the Fistula Foundation. And while they had fun, the students also reinforced the importance of selecting sustainable fabrics that don’t have adverse effects on the environment. For instance, did you know that it takes nearly 3,000 litres of water to make a cotton T-shirt or that 5% of all land fill is actually textile waste?
Dr Belinda von Mengersen Ms Sharon Marley and Textiles Students
You can join the textiles students as they continue to contribute to this worthwhile cause. Activities will run at the Strathfield Campus Library until Thursday 17 April.
For more information on sustainability in textiles, contact: Dr. Belinda von Mengersen, Lecturer Technology (Textiles): Belinda.VonMengersen@acu.edu.au
For information on sustainability at ACU, see the ACU Library. Growing. Greener subject guide
A textiles student demonstrates crocheting techniques
Hendersen, R., & Taimiða, D. Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane. Retrieved from http://www.math.cornell.edu/~dwh/papers/crochet/crochet.html
(2011, August 19). Representing the hyperbolic plane with crochet [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://m-phi.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/representing-hyperbolic-plane-with.html
Merino Australia. Textiles – environmental costs [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://merinoaustralia.com.au/textiles-the-environmental-cost/
Tags: crochet, knitting, sustainability, textiles