Nathalie Miebach: Changing Waters


The exhibition Changing Water created by Nathalie Miebach at the Craft and Folk Art Museum was one of the most amazing and colorful exhibition I have ever seen. As I walked in to the exhibition I was puzzle at what I was see thinking I was at the wrong exhibition. What was being display looked to me like a up scale toy store or a very colorful child’s room. I would have never known that every single piece of sculpture was made from using actual weather data information, taken from the internet, satellite images, and weather systems and then being able to transform it into great colorful pieces of art. At a glance and not knowing what the sculptures represent or the story behind it everything would just look like a big amusement sculpture exhibition.

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Nathalie was able to use all that weather data and transforming it in to a visual weather data art work. Nathalie use raffia wood, rope and string along with a basket weaving method to create her art. Each color, band and string represents a weather element during a weather change. She not only uses art to represent her weather data but she also incorporates the data in crating musical scours, she not only makes the weather data a visual aspect but also a hearing aspect as well. Paying close attention to the art that is being display all around the museum one is able to notice the data that is being incorporated in the art. In her art “The Hear An Ocean In A Whisper” you are able to notice the weather data that she incorporates into the art, the big Ferris Wheel has the different times, the roller coaster shows the different water waves, and in some of the wind mill it would show the different phases of what strong high winds can do to a house.


I enjoy the Changing Water exhibition because I did not know that one could use weather data and be inspired to create colorful paces of art and also use it to make music out of it. Their were several art work that I liked one of them being the blue and red dragons on the wall and the other being the grand look alike theme park display at the center of the exhibition. I still don’t know how I will incorporate what I have seen into my project. I might use the same color concept or incorporate some of her displays into stencils.

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Reading #3; The Fashion of Architecture

I found the reading interesting, because I never thought of how an architectural building could be an inspiration to designers. Just like we are influence by others on what we wear, designers are also influence by abstract and architecture buildings and vice versa. In the reading they mention how architects use the environment to change the relationship of each other and ourselves, by the use of materials, color. Now that I think about what I read we do see to day shirts with famous building such as the black and white image of Eifel tower in Paris to the Golden Gate Bridge  in San Francisco printed on shirts. Not only are designers. Not only are designers inspired by architect but they are also inspired by different time period from the nineteenth- century to the avant-garde period. Designers are not only creating their own designs but they are using historical inspirations in creating the fashion for todays environment.


Reading #2: Sewing Notions

In this article Sewing Notions  Julia Bryan-Wilson mentions in the article “…today craft is not only an artistic trend being rapidly institutionalized; it is also a thriving enterprise that exists within a larger geopolitical context of mass production.” From what I understood  Julia was saying that craft is no longer consider to just being art or being limited to a specific group, people are now being craftier and using craft to make a political statements.  Some of the artist Julia mentions in the article the use of craft to make an awareness of what is happening in the world. For example one of the several artist mention in the article who use craft to make a political statement is the artist Margarita Cabrera who uses everyday items to create awareness of what is happening in Ciudad Juarez, in her piece Pink Blender 2002, Margarita covers a blender in pink yarn with black stings hanging to represent the women that are being kidnap and kill in Juarez. Craft is not just being limited to making art is being use in a wide range in production and in making a statement.


Reading Response # 1: Material With A Memory

Yinka Shonibare, J. Morgan Puett, and Kimsooja are all artist who present different arts using the same medium cloth. Each artist uses this cloth that has been around for many years. They each not only create their own art with it but they also show culture and history behind each of their art. Yinka Shonibare uses a batik pattern a dye-resist pattern it can be traced back to over 1,500 years, and is known to be the African cloth he uses this cloth in his full scale astronaut outfits. Puett shows her art by showing the back stage of the work place as how it would have been, and having the cloth be the starting point in a women’s clothing. Kimsooja uses the cloth in her art as a blanket to connect two separate worlds. Three different artist using the same medium showed us different historical views and showed us that even though times have change cloth will always be use.