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Sculptural Storytelling with Data


Explore 2D and 3D weaving techniques for the translation of data with Nathalie Miebach.

Course Description

Using the hexagon weave, plaiting and the random weave, participants will invent data driven patterns and forms. Working mainly in paper, participants will begin by learning the basics of different 2D / 3D weaves, which they will then use to translate data into compelling sculptural stories. The emphasis in this workshop is on play, having fun with numbers, and finding new, unexpected ways to tell stories with data. Students can bring their own data sets or use those provided.  






Artist Biography

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/ performances. 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 this work is her desire to explore the role visual and musical aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of complex scientific systems, such as weather.

Miebach is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award, TED Global Fellowship, and two Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships. She did her undergraduate studies in Chinese and Political Science ​at Oberlin College. She received an MFA in Sculpture and an MS in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art. Her work has been shown in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, and has been reviewed by publications spanning fine arts, design, and technology. She lives in Boston. 



Learn more about Nathalie Miebach and her work by visiting her website and checking out her instagram @miebachsculpture.


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