During a recent trip to Berlin, I visited the Bauhaus Archiv. As a great admirer of the Bauhaus weavers, artists and colourists, this was a memorable experience.
With the craftsmanship guidance of Helene Börner, Georg Muche, Gunta Stölzl, Lilly Reich, the weaving workshop was one of the most successful workshops at the Bauhaus. Weavers experimented with both traditional and industrialised weaving techniques, and Paul Klee’s theories on colour and form strongly influenced their work.
On display at the Bauhaus Archiv were works by the exceptionally talented Anni Albers (1899–1994) - a textile designer, weaver, writer, and printmaker. Anni Albers explored the technical possibilities of multi-layer weave constructions, and created intricate geometric triple-weave designs. She was the first female textile artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art New York (1949); a number of further exhibitions followed. Anni Albers received numerous awards for her work, as well as an honorary doctorate.
Anni Albers designs are now sold under license by Knoll and Christopher Farr.