With the fall comes the rain and even though some of us would rather escape to go under the sun, some designers are inspired by these neverending rainfalls. Anna Badur, located in Berlin, created a textile collection "Drawn by Nature" which has been exhibited quite a bit and won the IF concept design award in 2013.
In the same vein, Aliki Van Der Kruijs has been using both rain and textile to capture the Dutch climate. For her "Made By Rain" project, she developed her own technique, "pluviagraphy": the textile is covered with a water-sensitive coat and left under the rain. The raindrops alter the surface, leaving a unique pattern even though the process is the same each time. Aliki published a book with the results of her experiments along with the precipitation data and location for each textile.
Aside from being both beautiful and poetic, the thoughts behind this project are particularly interesting as it questions both the fashion industry and our relation to the weather. Her goal was to make it possible to "wear the weather", thus proposing a different kind of connection between us as human beings and our clothes. It gives an interesting meaning to what we wear as it is not only about keeping us warm, but about our environment and how we relate to it.