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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. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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