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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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The Haptics of Optics

The Haptics of Optics

Weaving and Photography

(p.79) 3 The Haptics of Optics
Bauhaus Weaving Theory

T’ai Smith

University of Minnesota Press

Drawing on László Moholy-Nagy’s arguments regarding the “optical” nature of photography, weaving student Otti Berger developed a complimentary theory of tactility as it pertained to weaving and fabric. While close-up photographs of Bauhaus textiles in magazines and brochures worked to sell the workshop’s products, Berger reflected on the simultaneous visuality and “hold-ability” (Haltbarkeit) of the woven medium.

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

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