There are a number of talented weaving and textile artists across the world, here we have three of our favourite that we hope will inspire you.
Annie Albers was a German-born American textile artist and printmaker. She was famous for her creations and was known for “blurring the lines” between traditional craft and art. In her early life, Albers studied at the Bauhaus art and design school in Weimar Germany where her passion for weaving and textile design grew. After finishing her course at Bauhaus her options of further education were limited (due to being a female) therefore she began working in a weaving workshop, where she quickly developed the technical and aesthetic challenges of weaving.
After a while, she became the head of the Bauhaus weaving workshop but shortly after her promotion, the art and design school received pressure from the Nazi party which caused Anni to move to the Black mountain college. Here she taught and led the weaving and textile programme until the late ’40s.
Soon after she finished at the Black mountain college she then went on to designing fabrics for mass- production, creating more artistic handloom work and exhibiting her work, it wasn’t until 1963 when she began printmaking. She continued experimenting with print techniques and continued to showcase her work and peruse innovation textile design until she died in 1994. Annie was named one of the most influential textile artists of the 20th century; she was admired for her pioneering wall hangings and textiles.
She had created many woven pieces during her time and in particular focused on geometric pattern compositions, some of our favourite artwork by her can been seen below.
‘Red and Blue layers’ ‘Black-White-Yellow’
Ismini Samandiou was born in Athens and trained in the art of Textile design at London Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. She divides her time between developing work for exhibition’s (exhibited internationally including solo shows in the UK and US and group exhibitions in France and China), industry collaborations and site-specific commissions. She works with a variety of different art styles including weaving, drawing, and photography.
Some of her more recent work is “Anni Albers tour with Ismini Samanidou” which is detailed and can be viewed below.
She has also recently developed some weaving designs for Chris Farr cloth and has done a large scale textile installation in London. She is currently a lecturer at Central Saint Martins.
Some of our favourite work by her can be seen below.
Gunta Stölzl was a German textile artist who played a major part in the development of the Bauhaus schools weaving workshop. She was the only female master and therefore made it her mission to transition the weaving department from individual pictorial works to modern industrial designs.
During her teaching, Gunta applied many ideas from modern art (colour theory, visual thinking and abstract art) and applied this to a new weaving practice. Due to a lack of guidelines and development, Gunta was able to experiment with different materials and techniques which meant traditional textile techniques progressed from previous generations.
In 1925 Gunta became the weaving master when Bauhaus relocated to Dessau; she made the weaving workshop one of Bauhaus most successful facilities.
In her later life Gunta decided to try something different and chose to dedicate her time to tapestry and creating her own designs, she passed away a few years later.
This is some of our favourite work created by her.