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Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design

Tai Smith

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816687237
eISBN:
9781452949031
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816687237.001.0001
Subject:
Art, Design

The Bauhaus school in Germany has been understood through the writings of its founding director Walter Gropius and several artists who taught there: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and László ... More


Pictures Made of Wool: Weaving Labor in th e Workshop

T’ai Smith

in Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816687237
eISBN:
9781452949031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816687237.003.0001
Subject:
Art, Design

Chapter one examines the workshop’s early years (1919-23), when its tapestries and carpets were understood as “pictures made of wool,” and weaving lacked a theoretical armature. Expressionist artists ... More


Toward a Modernist Theory of Weaving: The Use of Textiles in Architectural Space

T’ai Smith

in Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816687237
eISBN:
9781452949031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816687237.003.0002
Subject:
Art, Design

The second chapter examines the initial theories of weaving, written by Anni Albers, Helene Schmidt-Nonné, and Gunta Stölzl between 1924 and 1926. As the school abandoned its experimental beginnings ... More


The Haptics of Optics: Weaving and Photography

T’ai Smith

in Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816687237
eISBN:
9781452949031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816687237.003.0003
Subject:
Art, Design

Drawing on László Moholy-Nagy’s arguments regarding the “optical” nature of photography, weaving student Otti Berger developed a complimentary theory of tactility as it pertained to weaving and ... More


Weaving as Invention: Patenting Authorship

T’ai Smith

in Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816687237
eISBN:
9781452949031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816687237.003.0004
Subject:
Art, Design

In 1932, Otti Berger began to seek intellectual property protection for her textile fabrication techniques. Identifying herself as a patent “author”—an “inventor” in a design world mostly marked by ... More


Conclusion On Weaving, on Writing

T’ai Smith

in Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816687237
eISBN:
9781452949031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816687237.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Design

After Anni Albers immigrated to America with her husband, Josef, in 1933, her writing practice quickly expanded. Through texts published in magazines or catalogues and ultimately in two books—On ... More


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