On Weaving by Anni Albers


Left: “Plate 110. Wall hanging, Jacquard weaving”, 1925; right: “Plate 111. Wall hanging, three-ply weave”, 1926 by Anni Albers from Anni Albers: On Weaving (New Expanded Edition) by Anni Albers with afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber and essays by Manuel Cirauqui and T’ai Smith.

“Most of our lives we live closed up in ourselves, with a longing not to be alone, to include others in that life that is invisible and intangible. To make it visible and tangible, we need light and material, any material. And any material can take on the burden of what had been brewing in our consciousness or subconsciousness, in our awareness or in our dreams.” — Anni Albers 

One of the most celebrated and influential textile artists of our time, Anni Albers, was born 122 years ago on Saturday, June 12th. Renowned for her geometric and pictorial weaving, Albers would go on to study and teach at the Bauhaus in Germany. In honor of this artist, author, teacher, and inspiration, explore the life and works of Anni Albers below.  

Anni Albers at the MoMA 

“What You Need to Know about Bauhaus Master Anni Albers” 

Anni Albers on The Journal 

“How to Weave Like Anni Albers”, from Tate 

The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation  

“Oral History Interview with Anni Albers, 1968 July 5”, from the Smithsonian’s Archive of American Art 

“On Weaving + Anni Albers”, from The Journal 

“What the Ancient Art of Mexico Taught Anni Albers About Modernism” 

Anni Albers’ Lecture “Designing as Visual Organization” at Yale University, 1958 

Books by Anni Albers: 

Anni Albers: Selected Writings On Design 

Anni Albers: On Weaving 

Anni Albers Exhibitions to Explore This Summer: 

Whitney Museum of American Art – New York 
Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019 
Dates: November 22, 2019 – February 2022 

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – California 
Experiments on Stone: Four Women Artists from the Tamarind Lithography Workshop  
Dates: Ongoing (online only) 

Caixaforum Barcelona – Spain 
El Sueño Americano. Del Pop a la Actualidad. 
Dates: March 3, 2021 – 13 June 13, 2021 

Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center – North Carolina 
I am a Citizen of the World  
Dates: April 9, 2021 – August 14, 2021 

Plains Art Museum – North Dakota 
Even Light Itself: Highlights and Recent Acquisitions from the Collection 
Dates: 1 May 1, 2021 – September 10, 2022 

Centre Pompidou – France  
Elles font l’abstraction  
Dates: May 19, 2021 – August 23, 2021 

In Alabama: The Alabama Chanin Collection, 2017, inspired by the works of Anni and Josef Albers.  

Left: Ripley Polo in Camel Leaves; right: The Essential Rib Dress in Baby Blue

@ Alabama Chanin      

Our new Summer of Color Collection features vibrant, organic styles for a sustainable life. Explore the capsule collection.  

@ The School of Making     

June’s Swatch of the Month features a new technique, Transitional Embroidery, and naturally dyed embroidery floss from our collaborator, A Verb for Keeping Warm. We’ve introduced three new kits that feature our Anna’s Garden stencil with Transitional Embroidery to further our inspirations. The kits include The Cropped Car JacketThe Slim Scarf Kit, and The Scarf Kit.  

@ The Factory     

Plan your visit to view the Collection firsthand, work with our team, experience Alabama Chanin in-person, and learn more about our commitment to responsible production, sustainable practices, and thoughtful design.    


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