On Weaving

by Anni Albers

Hardcover, 1972




Middletown, Conn., Wesleyan University Press [1972]


The classic book on the art and history of weaving\U+2014\now expanded and in full colorWritten by one of the twentieth century\U+2019\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. Her lucid and engaging prose is illustrated with a wealth of rare and extraordinary images showing the history of the medium, from hand-drawn diagrams and close-ups of pre-Columbian textiles to material studies with corn, paper, and the typewriter, as well as illuminating examples of her own work.Now available for a new generation of readers, this expanded edition of On Weaving updates the book\U+2019\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\U+2019\ai Smith that shed critical light on Albers and her career.… (more)

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Approaching weaving from a visual and structural perspective, Albers—a Bauhaus School student and teacher who was among the primary forces in achieving recognition for weaving as an art form—surveys textile fundamentals and methods from prehistoric to modern times. Coverage includes hand weaving, the loom, draft notation, modified and composite weaves, interrelation of fiber and construction, tactile sensibility, tapestry, and design. Well-illustrated in b&w with nine color plates; the Dover volume is an unabridged reprint of the 1965 Wesleyan U. Press edition. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR… (more)


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