I had decided to make the trip to the Tate Modern to see the Anni Albers exhibition as it was running until the end of the month. I wasn’t really sure if I would benefit from seeing her work as I’d little insight into who she was, or what her work involved. I knew she was a weaver and was also a highly regarded influencer in arts for women.
I could not have been more delighted as I walked into a beautifully curated and extensive exhibition of textile art and narrative which described the development of her practice along side that of her students.
Seeing her design techniques and woven textiles was hugely beneficial and offered an spark of inspiration and creative thinking around her experimentations, travels and progression of freestyle weaving. I could see how much the work she created draws parallels to the freestyle weaving and contemporary Saori weaving techniques I’ve been exploring in the past.
There were so many highlights and delights of this exhibition it really needs to be seen to be appreciated. I intend to seek greater understanding and complete some more detail research into her work.
I was greatly intrigued to see her travels in South America and how many of the same places we have visited in our lives. Unfortunately I was not studying textiles during my travels, although I did gather samples along the way. With my Argentina heritage I am able to look towards this as another influencer within the textile work I take forward. It really felt like the stars aligned to draw me to this exhibition, and to offer me these hooks on which I can now hang the threads of my research and development of my practice as I work towards the final Masters Project.
I have many points of action from this visit including the research into Anni Albers work, Argentine and South American textiles and my own history.
The beautiful wall hangings telling their story in fibre and cloth, with jute being a fibre of interest to potentially dye and use. Its rustic charm adding texture to the weaves. Anni created wall hangings which were inspired by many things and included representations of texts and drawing. In Saori weaving these techniques are also applied to the weaving.
In the past I have been interested in ancient texts and symbols and maybe this can be a way to bring these together.
I was fascinated by the sampling, planning and recording of the weaving patterns and designs- this is something to take forward and develop alongside the colour matching ideas I’d got from the workshop I’d completed with Bonnie Kirkwood.
There are so many examples of Anni’s work I could add here but it will just pick the top 5.
So many visual and textural delights within this work.
Now to get started on the project planning and to pull together the strands for my brief.
I can’t wait to get started.