Study for Nylon Rug from the Connections portfolio
© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Abstract print with black and white, organic lines on an orange ground. original design created in 1959
Albers taught weaving and textile design at Black Mountain College from 1933 to 1949. Upon enrolling at the Bauhaus in 1922, Albers was automatically assigned, as was the case with women students, to the weaving workshop. She quickly embraced textile design and developed a sophisticated knowledge of weaving structure, technique, and materials. Her appreciation of thread as the medium of all weaving was enriched by her study of pre-Columbian textiles on trips to Mexico during her Black Mountain College years. In Connections Albers pays homage to the thread, which here creates an endless pattern of interconnection and relationship filling the entire picture plane.
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue Entry
Written by: Mary Emma Harris
Billie Ruth Sudduth (1945 - ) Fibonacci 8, 2005 Reed splints, henna and madder dyes Museum purchase with funds provided by 2005 Collectors’ Circle members Philip Broughton & David Smith, 2006.01.58 Billie Ruth Sudduth, named a North Carolina Living Treasure in 1997, began weaving baskets in 1983. Although her work is inspired by the traditional influences of Shaker and Appalachian basketry, her most profound muse is the Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa (1170-1250), better known as Fibonacci, who developed a beautiful mathematical sequence. Sudduth uses Fibonacci’s Sequence in a variety of ways for patterning. She is a master craftsperson and a teacher, and her work adds to the Museum’s visual vocabulary of basket making, and related weaving and textiles.
Exhibition Title: Duplicate Exhibition
Label Date: August 2021
Written by: Hilary Schroeder
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