Friday, February 25, 2011

Gunta Stolzl

I was just reading about textile designer Gunta Stolzl. Gunta is probably best known as being the weaving/textile master at the Bauhaus. It was there that as a student she turned around the weaving workshop at the Bauhaus, in her first year she was helping teach other students weaving and fabric dyeing. (Apparently the head of the weaving workshop at the time viewed it as women's work and wanted little to do with it. nice.)

One of the things Gunta did was experiment with fabric dyeing and synthetic materials, also in the spirit of using the workshop as a place for experimentation and improvisation she transformed the weaving department into one of the most successful faculties of the Bauhaus.

There is a great website where you can see hundred's of images of her work as well ready about her life, it is definitely worth a look.


Megan said...

Extraordinary. Some of them look almost fake, or like paintings, they're so lovely and perfect!

betsy and emily said...

I know. It kind of makes me want to take up weaving. Not that I need another hobby, or have room for a loom.

Betsy said...

Gunta is one of my favorites! Along with Anni Albers. I find it interesting that Paul Klee actually did some weaving while he was at the Bauhaus too. Thanks for posting this.