Reef Gems and Coral Roses is a collection of works by Hadie MacLeod, inspired by her experiences snorkelling in some of our amazing local and far-flung coral reefs: from Bargara to Lady Elliott and Lady Musgrave Islands, to Heron Island and Indonesia’s Krakatoa.
Hadie’s work reflects the beauty of the reef in wearable crochet art. Her rings, necklaces and other flotsam and jetsam dazzle and distract – with the shapes of corals and other reef animals. Some of these works are brightly coloured – some look bleached – a sign of the damage being done to the reef and our oceans from our world-wide pollution. Outside the reef, mountains of plastic threaten and entangle sea creatures.
Hadie’s interest in crochet jewellery started as a desire to create light-weight jewellery for herself after open heart surgery. She draws inspiration from the Crochet Coral Reef Project (crochetcoralreef.org) which is an amazing collaboration of mathematics, biology, and fibre arts. Hadie is a member of the Childers Visual Arts Group, Yarning Bundaberg and a foundation member of the Crochet Guild Australia.