Aliki’s fascination with the weather started when she inherited twelve calendars from her grandfather. On each calendar, he had meticulously described the weather on every single day of that calendar year, creating a detailed collection of weather data that covered twelve years.
With the prevalent rains in the Netherlands and its history of struggling with the elements, and with clouds very present in the landscape rain is deeply rooted in Dutch culture. Researching the weather herself, she noticed that since the 1950’s rainfall has increased by about 4% due to climate change. But the only way to display this change is by weather charts, satellite images and graphs. The rainfall itself is an immaterial event that cannot be archived, only remembered.
With her background in fashion and material development, Aliki asked herself what it would be like to capture the experience of rain on textile, making it possible to wear the weather. So, after her grandfather’s example, she started to map the atmosphere. But where he wrote his weather data down, she made hers visual. Over time she developed her own printing technique she calls ‘pluviagraphy’. Using a film coating that is sensitive to water, it becomes possible to create a visual recording of rainfall on a filmed piece of textile. Whether it’s a soft drizzle or a tropical downpour, the type of rain creates a unique print.
As of today, Made by Rain is an ongoing project – a growing collection of weather imprinted on textile from different times and locations around the world. Each Made by Rain textile comes with a handmade notation of the location, date, time interval, millimeters of rain, and weather circumstances under which the pluviagraphy was done. This way, the textiles form a collection of weather data: visual recordings of a specific day in history.
The self-published book ‘Made by Rain’ is a record of process, inspiration and research to results of the project. This thesis book was part of the master graduation of the Dirty Art Department on the Sandberg Insituut in Amsterdam. Graphic design in collaboration with Lena Steinborn. Click here to browse the book.
Through various collaborations imprints of Made by Rain found place into the domestic landscape. Left below a silk cape treated with beeswax, part of the F/W 2014 collection of Studio Elsien Gringhuis. Right below a duvet cover on commission for Zig Zag Zurich.
The project Made by Rain has been exhibited in galleries, museums and design fairs in Amsterdam, Beijing, Milan, New York, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Tokyo and more upcoming shows are planned.
Scarfs Made by Rain are for purchase on this website through the buttons visual index and data index on below left.
Besides this you can feel the silk textiles in the shops of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York City (U.S.) and Textiel Museum in Tilburg (NL).
Beside on this webshop, Made by Rain scarfs are for sale at the shops of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York (US) and Textiel Museum in Tilburg (NL).
Website concept: Aliki van der Kruijs & Dayna Casey
Webdesign & identity: Dayna Casey
Development: Floris Douma
Photography: Pim Leenen, Lonneke van der Palen, Femke Hoekstra, Ester Grass Vergara
Made by Rain is part of Studio Aliki van der Kruijs and registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce under number 51013746
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