NORTH CENTRAL INSTRUCTORS AND STAFF CREATE TEMPESTRY PROJECT
Nine women from North Central Michigan College combined their talents for knitting and art with their concern about the environment to create an exhibit now on display in the North Central Library. Inspired by the work of the Tempestry Project, and grounded in NOAA weather data kept at the North Central Weather Station, they created a series of long, knit works where changing color represents the daily high temperatures for one year. This data tells a story of how our climate is changing in Petoskey and on our campus.
Each artist knit two rows for one day of a specific year, from January to December. They used the same colors to designate temperature ranges across the project, so the years could be comparable. The NOAA data becomes a brightly colored representation of the high temperatures for that year, shifting from blues and greens to yellow, red and orange, and then back again to green and blue. Science and art come together to tell the story of our lives, our climate, in Northern Michigan from 2009 to 2017. The College Library hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The women who created this project are Jami Blaauw-Hara, Jane Bowe, Kathy Germain, Shanna Robinson, Dawn Swaim, Marcia Meyer, Anne Morningstar and Carrie Strand Tebeau, all instructors (both full-time and adjunct) at North Central, Suzanne Shumway, retired instructor, Sara Glasgow, dean of liberal arts, and Melanie Leaver, associate dean of instructional technology.
North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement. North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military Friendly® and Veteran Friendly School.
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