On Weaving: New Expanded Edition by Anni AlbersOn Weaving: New Expanded Edition by Anni Albers

On Weaving: New Expanded Edition

byAnni AlbersAfterword byNicholas Fox WeberContribution byManuel Cirauqui

Hardcover | October 10, 2017

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The classic book on the art and history of weaving-now expanded and in full color

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. 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'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.

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 Guggenhe...
Title:On Weaving: New Expanded EditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:October 10, 2017Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0691177856

ISBN - 13:9780691177854


Table of Contents

Introductory Note ix

Preface xi

1 Weaving, Hand 1

2 The Loom 4

3 Draft Notation 20

4 The Fundamental Constructions 23

5 Modified and Composite Weaves 29

6 Early Techniques of Thread Interlacing 34

7 Interrelation of Fiber and Construction 41

8 Tactile Sensibility 44

9 Tapestry 48

10 Designing as Visual Organization 53

Plates 63

Acknowledgments 202

Afterword 207

Nicholas Fox Weber

The Two Faces of Weaving 214

Manuel Cirauqui

On Reading On Weaving 234

T'ai Smith

Contributors 251

Plate Credits 252

Editorial Reviews

"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