14 Aug Anni Albers, innovative artist
“Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness,” Anni Albers
At Kuoni Creative, we admire artists who are not only passionate about their work, but also innovative, creative, original and ground-breaking in their dedication and contribution to the art world. Anni Albers (1899-1994) was just that and, as such, is an artist we very much admire.
She began her art career by studying painting under the American impressionist, Martin Brandenbury, and later studied at Weimar’s Bauhaus. Here, classes were limited in choice due to gender restrictions, which lead her to study weaving. Her reluctance, however, was soon altered to a complete embodiment of textiles as an exciting and richly rewarding art media.
An appreciation of the tactile nature of the medium, soon lead her to create innovative geometric designs and to work with, and on, the functional qualities of the material, such as light reflection, anti-wrinkling and durability, among others. She experiemted with form and function and combined techniques of loom weaving with hand weaving as well as combining natural fibres with synthetic.
She later became a senior teacher at Bauhaus, until it closed, and later taught in North Carolina. As well, she published many articles on design and was known as an authority figure in this area.
Her abstractionist designs were influenced by Klee, who she studied under for a time, and Kandinsky.
Weaving lead to a fascination with printmaking on fabric and, from the sixties, Alber moved on from weaving to lithography and screen printing.
Article by Tracey Vale.