Waterfall Series (2014)

by Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine

This series honors Anni Albers and imagines a collaboration with Josef Albers, her husband. We chose a pleat-folded circular form that Josef taught out of paper at the Bauhaus in 1927–1928, and later at Black Mountain College in 1937–1938. For the first time, we made them from linen. Linen textiles are some of the oldest in the world, dating back at least 4000 years. We chose a traditional textile and reshaped it and wove each piece though the others. To bring the sculpture to life, we added hand-dyed yarn by Ana Campos. The yarn represents a flow of collaboration, becoming a waterfall that is woven through the linen. This collaboration represents Anni Albers' experimental philosophy of combining unusual ideas and material.


[0441] “Waterfall” (2014), linen paper, 9" × 14" × 12" high:

This piece is in the permanent collection of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, after being exhibited at “EXCITE: An Exhibit of Contemporary Textiles & Fiber Art” at the Mary Cornwell Gallery, Haywood Community College Creative Arts, North Carolina.

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