Anni Albers: On Weaving
Princeton University Press; New Expanded edition, 2017, Hardback, English, 272 pages.
First published in 1965 and now expanded and in full colour, this classic illustrated book is a luminous meditation on the art and history of weaving by one of its leading proponents. Also taking in its tools and techniques, Albers considers its implications for modern design. On Weaving bridges the transition between handcraft and the machine-made, highlighting the essential importance of material awareness and the creative leaps and human ingenuity that can occur when design problems are tackled by hand. Her lucid 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 examples of her own work. This edition 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.