Written by one of the twentieth century's leading textile artists, this splendidly illustrated book is a luminous meditation on the art of weaving, its history, its tools and techniques, and its implications for modern design. First published in 1965, On Weaving bridges the transition between handcraft and the machine-made, highlighting the essential importance of material awareness and the creative leaps that can occur when design problems are tackled by hand. With her focus on materials and handlooms, Anni Albers discusses how technology and mass production place limits on creativity and problem solving, and makes the case for a renewed embrace of human ingenuity that is particularly important today. Now available for a new generation of readers, this expanded edition of On Weaving updates the book's original black-and-white illustrations with full-color photos, and features an afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber and essays by Manuel Cirauqui and T'ai Smith that shed critical light on Albers and her career.
"On Weaving is a book that one reads again and again for the insightful logic about the meaning of art, and the reasons and methods governing the creation of good design. Anni Albers is perhaps more relevant today than she was during her lifetime."--Virginia Gardner Troy, author of Anni Albers and Ancient American Textiles: From Bauhaus to Black Mountain
Anni Albers (1899–1994) was one of the foremost textile artists of the twentieth century; her works are in major museum collections around the world.
Nicholas Fox Weber is executive director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and the author of
The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism.
Manuel Cirauqui is curator at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.
T’ai Smith is associate professor of art history at the University of British Columbia and the author of
Bauhaus Weaving Theory.