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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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Weaving as Invention

Weaving as Invention

Patenting Authorship

(p.111) 4 Weaving as Invention
Bauhaus Weaving Theory

T’ai Smith

University of Minnesota Press

In 1932, Otti Berger began to seek intellectual property protection for her textile fabrication techniques. Identifying herself as a patent “author”—an “inventor” in a design world mostly marked by anonymity—she would also define her craft anew. What she developed through patent applications (in dialogue with her patent attorney) was a theory of textiles for the modern age—a language that combined legal rhetoric with that of functionality and media “properties.”

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

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