This course teaches traditional basket weaving techniques to be applied towards contemporary sculptural explorations. Based on weaving traditions that go back thousands of years, students learn the fundamentals of twining, random weave, and plaiting. Through the use of traditional and non-traditional materials, students learn to use these techniques as a springboard to adapt, integrate, and explore their own sculptural interests and material choices. Various types of base beginnings, different weaves and the integration of solid objects will also be explored. Students will build, destroy, unravel, reweave, glue, drill, hammer, tape, and do whatever needs to be done to problem-solve their way to success. The emphasis in this workshop is on play and using these sculptural approaches from the perspective of a tinkerer, willing to take risks with materials and the outcome of the work.
Nathalie Miebach explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores and installations. Her main method of data translation is that of basket weaving, which functions as a simple, tactile grid through which to interpret data into 3D space. Central to … Read more