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Bauhaus Weaving TheoryFrom Feminine Craft to Mode of Design$
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Tai Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816687237

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816687237.001.0001

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Pictures Made of Wool

Pictures Made of Wool

Weaving Labor in th e Workshop

(p.1) 1 Pictures Made of Wool
Bauhaus Weaving Theory

T’ai Smith

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter one examines the workshop’s early years (1919-23), when its tapestries and carpets were understood as “pictures made of wool,” and weaving lacked a theoretical armature. Expressionist artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Johannes Itten saw painting as a conduit to the artist’s soul, while weaving was too domestic and laborious to hold significant depth. Setting these objects and texts against contemporaneous, Marxist debates about labor, this chapter considers the vexed status of abstraction in the Weimar Republic.

Keywords:   Textile, Weaving, Bauhaus, Modernism, Medium-specificity, Media, Fiber Art, Craft, Design

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