The collection drew inspiration from a relative's meticulous weather record-keeping

When Dutch artist Aliki van der Kruijs inherited a collection of calendars from her grandfather, which documented his daily weather record-keeping, she wondered if there was a way to incorporate weather into her work with textiles. So she developed a way to record rainfall, frequent in the Netherlands, as printed patterns on silk. She calls her technique pluviagraphy.

The process involves using water sensitive inks, either on a film transfer or directly on the silk, to capture individual raindrops that form patterns. The scale and density of the patterns depend on the type of rain.

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Following her grandfather's habit, van der Kruijs includes detailed weather documentation of the time at which the pattern was created. This comes in the form of a notation card and photo of the sky, as well as notations printed directly on the fabric.

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Made by Rain was shown at WantedDesign Manhattan 2017 as part of the Ventura Projects exhibition, which introduces Dutch designers to the American market. The video below, from Great Big Story, profiles van der Kruijs and shows the pluviagraphy technique in action.

Aliki van der Kruijs | Made by Rain


Images: Made by Rain and Dave Pinter

When Dutch artist Aliki van der Kruijs inherited a collection of calendars from her grandfather, which documented his daily weather record-keeping, she wondered if there was a way to incorporate weather into her work with textiles. So she developed a way to record rainfall, frequent in the Netherlands, as printed patterns on silk. She calls her technique pluviagraphy.

The process involves using water sensitive inks, either on a film transfer or directly on the silk, to capture individual raindrops that form patterns. The scale and density of the patterns depend on the type of rain.