September Work In Progress Resident


Geometry of the hyperbolic plane is endemic in everything from the structure of proteins to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Curved Hyperspace. This geometry is also present in the formation of coral reefs, whose large living architecture of calcium carbonate laid down by living organisms over thousands of years, are home to the most productive of all ecosystems. 




Modeled on the reefs created by coral species, Diedre Brown explores the ways in which hyperbolic crochet techniques can be used to design resilient habitats. A designer, amateur naturalist, and lover of the ocean, she is interested in the interwoven and interdependent relationships between human beings and their environment, particularly at coastal edges. Diedre’s crochet designs and research are sinuously linked. She is endeavoring to use and create textiles that generate resilient coastal habitats. These habitats: 


    •    Are based on crocheted textile patterns that are also endemic in nature.
    •    Utilize unconventional materials such as bioplastic, jute, paper, and dirt, whose deterioration fosters the growth of a beneficial ecosystem.
    •    Foster the growth of community-crafted spaces that inspire one’s sense of wonder and imagination, while empowering one with knowledge about the environment she lives in. 



Diedre integrates principles of the natural sciences, art, design, and research to comprehend the anatomy and physiology of all things. Holder of a Master of Architecture from Parsons The New School of Design, Diedre applies her knowledge to developing integrated and interwoven urban intervention design systems.




You can visit Diedre's installation for Work In Progress from September 1 - 30 and learn more about her work and process during Artist Open Hours, on Saturdays, 2-5PM and Tuesday - Thursday 11am-5pm, at our Manhattan studio.




September 17, 1-4PM

Manhattan Studio


Like nature, the resiliency of textiles is a story of form. A mystery of geometric interplays, textiles are ever present yet not fully understood.

Join Work In Progress resident Diedre Brown to explore these questions, while learning more about natural hyperbolic structures and crocheting wild textiles.