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Studio Sunday: Anni Albers

 


Anni Albers weaving on a loom in her studio in Black Mountain College

 

Today’s studio Sunday will focus on Anni Albers. One of the most important and well-known textile artists of the 20th century, Albers is known for her loom-woven works, and is seen here weaving in her studio at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Albers’ husband Josef, another noted artist and educator, was a teacher at the college.

 

I imagine a textile studio to be slightly different from, say, a painting or sculpture studio. The prevailing mess would have been less paint splatters than bits of fabric and thread strewn about. The loom, or most likely multiple looms, so she could work on a few different projects at once, would have taken up most of the space. It would be interesting to have your studio space inside an art college – possibly the continuous bustle of students and teachers passing by would have been an inspiration, and it would have been nice to have people around to keep you focused on the work, or to bounce ideas off of.

 

Albers’ works combine textile design, printmaking, and drafting, often using as their basis geometric line art and repeating patterns on grids. In some of them, the influence of the geometric and colour focused pieces of her husband is palpable, but the influence never seems to be a crutch – it’s as if Albers is paying homage to her husband through her works, while still carving out her own niche.    


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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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