Lately I’ve been obsessed with the BBC nature series, Planet Earth and all of the acid-trippy, wacked-out creatures found in remote pockets of the world. In an interview few years back, the Planet Earth’s milky-voiced narrator David Attenborough said that the series intentionally avoids any mention of environmental politics because it’s “more a celebration of our planet, not a lament about the state of it.”
That’s also what I love about the Ecology Action Centre’s Stichin’ Fish: Crafting Seafloor Biodiversity on the Scotian Shelf, a crafted seafloor on display at knitters’ paradise, The Loop (1547 Barrington). Inspired in part by the Californian Institute for Figuring’s crocheted coral reef, EAC is soliciting fishy submissions, and the seafloor continues to grow as more people drop off handcrafted creatures to their office (2705 Fern Lane). It’s enough to wean a girl off tuna maki.
There are fuzzy jellyfish of all colours, floating among rainbow-hued tropical fish and even a great white shark. Metal coat-hangers wrapped with orange pipe-cleaners serve well as sea corn coral, and purple sea cucumbers add a brilliant hue. I’m in love with the hermit crab, knitted by the mysterious Miss Knit---I think I know who you are. Check out eacstitchinfish.blogspot.com for photos of all the creatures, along with some real sea-life facts.