Coral: Something Richa and Strange.

“Coral: Something Rich and Strange” at the Manchester Museum, UK.

On November 22, 2013, the IFF was devastated by a fire in our building. The damage was extensive and the IFF is closed until further notice. We hope to move back in mid-2014. As in the aftermath of a bush-fire, we are treating this as an opportunity for new growth.

While our building is being renovated we are working on the book of our Crochet Coral Reef project, a record of this world-wide endeavor. Thanks to all who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign.

If you’d like to help us recover from the fire, the most helpful approach is to contribute to our book-fund by pre-ordering a copy. We are expanding the book to include additional essays, and several important writers have agreed to contribute. We’ve set up a webpage where you can pre-order copies. Or become a donor. Contributions of $100 or more will be listed on a dedicated page. We plan to deliver copies in November 2014.

The success of the Crochet Reef continues: At the Manchester Museum in the UK, the latest local reef is underway. The Manchester Satellite Reef is being made in conjunction with an exhibition called Coral: Something Rich and Strange that explores coral from the perspectives of natural history, science, mythology, cultural history and art. A wonderful catalog has been published by Liverpool University Press and contains an essay on the Crochet Reef by curator Marion Endt-Jones.