Saturday, March 13, 2010
Pendleton West Rm 310
Based on weaving traditions that go back thousands of years, this workshop will function as an introduction to fundamental sculptural weaving techniques that find their roots in basketry: twining, plaiting, coiling and random weave. These techniques are deeply rooted in human culture and have changed little since the advent of agriculture due to the amazing flexibility and adaptability of these techniques. After a brief slide show showing you the adaptations and significance of weaves in contemporary and traditional cultures, we will spend the rest of the workshop learning random weave. This is one of the most flexible and freest of all techniques, allowing you to create large, small, dense or open structures. Through the use of both traditional and nontraditional materials, you will be able to experiment, invent and play with tension and technique to discover new forms and sculptural possibilities. Please wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting wet.
Nathalie Miebach’s woven sculptures focus on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Her work translates scientific data related to astronomy, ecology, and meteorology into sculptures using techniques of basket weaving. She has received an artist fellowship in sculpture from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Blanche E. Colman award, and held residencies at Amherst College, the Berwick Research Institute, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Recent exhibitions have been at Cynthia Reeves Gallery in New York City, the Museum of Science Boston, Nielsen Gallery, Axion Gallery, the DeCordova Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum. Miebach will also be participating in “Transformations“, an upcoming exhibition at the Jewett Gallery in March 2010.