Weathering Blue

A visual record of colour and seasonal change made tangible by exposing textiles day and night to the weather conditions.

The project  Weathering Blue (Weer Blauw) is a visual record of colour and seasonal change made tangible. Commissioned by the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen I developed a collection of textiles in situ as part of the exhibition NIJVER|heden. I juxtaposed the process of photography and fashion and found my material in the historic steam laundry.


During the research phase I became inspired by the big barrel “optical white” in the steam laundry of the museum. Hundred years ago, the white laundry used to be washed with ultramarine pigment, Reckitt Blue. With this optical white (ultramarine) pigment and with the use of templates, shirt pattern from a shirt around 1914 are painted on cotton cloths. These patterns were exposed outside to the weather conditions for 158 days and nights on a cloths line at the dike of the open air area from the museum.

Time is part of the subject but more important a condition to produce the work. The blue shirts on the clothesline change over the course of months of hard blue to lighter blue.


WeerBlauw_AlikivanderKruijsArthur Roeloffzen made a graphic translation of the blog that I kept during the 158 days of the residency. Visitors of the museum were asked to send in pictures of the clothesline on the dike. The temperature, wind direction and average rainfall per day is noted in the graphic lines.

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