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This survey of textile fundamentals and methods, written by the foremost textile artist of the 20th century, covers hand weaving and the loom, fundamental construction and draft notation, modified and composite weaves, early techniques of thread interlacing, interrelation of fiber and construction, tactile sensibility, and design. 9 color illustrations. 112 black-and-white ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published September 19th 2003 by Dover Publications
(first published January 1st 1965)
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An erudite and informed discussion of the art of weaving with a wealth of examples. Includes a section of Annie Albers’ own work, which is simply gorgeous. To then read her boundless admiration for Peruvian weaving is to look at this art with new eyes.
Great insights mixed with a little history and instruction. This isn't a 'how to weave' book, Albers provides a brief overview of the evolution of weaving along with basic lessons on process. Beautiful illustrations and diagrams throughout. Essential for textile artists/designers, but not a pretentious read that would dissuade those without any knowledge on the subject.
Aug 19, 2020 B. Jean rated it liked it · review of another edition
So, I'm not a weaver, but I've seen this cited as a must-read for fiber artists. It was mentioned towards the beginning that even non-weavers could find value in some of the things discussed. While I know the terms weft, warp, and a few others, the rest of the jargon, especially the chapter with all the numbers, meant nothing to me. Abstract language, ugh. My eyes started to glaze over a bit there. I'm sure it's interesting for weavers, but if you don't have a history in it, then it's tricky to ...more
"Though elaborations are usually thought to be an advanced stage of work, they are often easy expansions from basic concepts. Intricacy and complexity are not, to my mind, high developments. Simplicity, rather, which is condensation, is the aim and the goal for which we should be heading. Simplicity is not simpleness but clarified vision - the reverse of the popular estimate. If you try to speak or write clearly, you are thought to lack profundity; while the impenetrable verbiage of today's writ ...more
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