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Bauhaus Inspiration

5th – 10th August 2019

2019 celebrates the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, the international school founded by Walter Gropius which bridged the gap between art and crafts and paved the way towards modern design.
Starting from our intensive work experience during the reconstruction of the Gropius-Zimmer textiles in Weimar, we are proposing a unique creative experience to the participants of the 2019 courses based on the theme: “Bauhaus Inspiration”.
The fundamental concept on which all the activities at Bauhaus were focused at that time, was to combine art and crafts. Its Director Walter Gropius once said “there is no essential difference between the artist and the craftsman, a knowledge of crafts is essential for every artist - this is the original source of creativity”.

Objectives of the course
Among the many craft laboratories at the school from 1919 to 1933, the one dedicated to weaving was among the most productive.
The main objective of our project is to examine the teaching methods, techniques, aesthetic and pedagogical concepts of Bauhaus and to comprehend their lasting impact on modern textile design and contemporary artistic practices.
The laboratory activities will allow us to experiment the creation of textile structures inspired by Bauhaus. We do not however intend to draw inspiration solely from the strict use of pure geometry, as we will allow ourselves to also be inspired by the creative and poetic aspect of this experience.

Aspects approached
The use of the various colour theories and weaving techniques using highly personal methods have been widely explored in the Bauhaus weaving laboratories.
More specifically, our activity includes in-depth studies on the connection between structure and colour and that between shape and function. The participants will work out different fabric designs and weave a series of samples during the course.
The works of Anni Albers, Gunta Stölzl, Benita Otte together with those of Else Mögelin and all the textile artists who have worked at Bauhaus shall be the source of inspiration for the fabric design activities.
Discussions will also take place on the colour theories of Johannes Itten, Paul Klee and Josef Albers, a lecturer at Bauhaus during the years when he proposed his theory on the interaction of colours and their effective use in the study of creation of depth on a flat surface.

Directors of the course
Anna Silberschmidt e Nicola Sansò

Requirements for attendance:
The course is open to everybody

Spoken languages:
Italian, German, English, French