The Bauhaus School of Art in Weimar Germany was most famous for its weaving workshop during the 1900s. Renowned weavers such as Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl studied and then taught at the weaving workshop developing a new movement for weaving. Emphasising the exploration of new yarns and the development of techniques. The weavers were also taught under the eyes of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandisky where they developed a sense of colour, which could be transferred back to their weaving.
Anni Albers always wanted to be a painter although whilst her time at the Bauhaus she found herself sat at a loom. A contrast to painting, weaving gave Albers a tight structure in which she could work alongside or as a way of abstraction and experimentation. Although her career path may have changed Albers still used a lot of drawing and painting as a way of planning weave patterns.
These drawing usually consisted of blocks and stripes, which created modern graphic imagery. They were then developed into fabric using double cloth techniques. The influence of the Bauhaus movement on modern day weavers and designers can still be seen today.
For example take a look at Graphic and Leus by Linie Design. The bold blocks of colour mixed with stripes show similarities to the contemporary designs by Albers. Today these designs still portray a modern aesthetic producing contemporary rugs for the home.
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