Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gunta Stölzl: Form and Color

German textile artist (and sole female Master of the Bauhaus) Gunta Stölzl created beautiful weavings of colorfully dyed fibers that incorporated the ideas of modern art and the Bauhaus vision. She guided the Weaving Workshop from personal, pictorial and decorative tapestry weaving to the production of innovative, abstract and geometric textiles for domestic and industrial use.

"The Bauhaus period was, for all of us, like a chamber of unalienable pleasures."

"...His [Itten's] first words were about rhythm. One must first educate one's hand, first make the fingers supple. We do finger exercises just like a pianist does. In these beginnings we already sense through what it is that rhythm occurs; an endless circular movement begun with the fingertips, the movement floods through the wrist, elbow and shoulder to the heart; one must feel this with every mark, every line; no more drawing that is not experienced, no half-understood rhythm. Drawing is not the reproduction of what is seen, but making whatever one senses through external stimulus (naturally internal, too) flow through one's entire body; then it re-emerges as something entirely personal, as some kind of artistic creation, more simple, as pulsating life."

Gunta Stölzl, 1897-1983

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