Presented by Local Cloth Inc.
Anni Albers wanted to study painting when she applied to the renowned Bauhaus art school in Germany, but was forced to choose between bookbinding and weaving, which the founder deemed more appropriate for women.
She chose weaving, even though she considered it “rather sissy” at the time. At the Bauhaus, and later as a teacher at Black Mountain College in Western NC, Anni would become a leader in the modern hand-weaving revival, pushing the limits with her focus on innovative materials and the architecture of woven fabric. Her work helped define what would become known after WWII as “fiber art.”
In recognition of 2019’s “100 years of Bauhaus” celebrations, Women’s History Month and the role of key women, including Albers, in shaping our region’s fiber art and craft heritage, Local Cloth presents an exhibit of work by modern women of the Southern Appalachian region who continue to push the boundaries of fiber art materials and techniques.
These women also represent several area fiber artists who will be teaching a variety of workshops and classes at the Local Cloth studio on Asheville’s South Slope in 2019. This commitment to education helps ensure continuation of the rich textile traditions of the Southern Appalachians.
Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019, curated by Local Cloth Resident Artists Joan Berner and Karen Donde, invites you to experience the legacy of our women fiber art pioneers by enjoying the work of the featured artists and participating in the classes they will be teaching this year.