― Edgar Degas
This past Monday, my most favorite art group met. And as usual we had a great time! Our challenge for this month, presented to us by Michelle, was to choose one of the artists of the School of Bauhaus and create a quilt with one's choice as inspiration. The Bauhaus was the most influential schools of art and design in the 20th century...in Dessau, Germany from 1919-1933. The school was populated with many well known artists on the faculty...Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Paul Klee and others. Josef Albers' wife Anni was one of the prominent artists who started there.
After researching several of the artists' I chose Otti Berger. Otti, as well as many of the others was a weaver. She was very talented and innovative; but unfortunately she was living in very dangerous times. Many of the school left Germany for England then on to America when Germany fell under the spell of Nazism. Being of Jewish ancestors, Otti did go to England, but being unable to get a job...not being able to speak the language and being hearing impaired...she returned to her home and there in 1944 with her family she was arrested and taken to Auschwitz where she died. If she had been able to stay in England, if it had been a year later, her story would have ended differently!
Her story as well as her talent is why I chose her as my artist for the challenge.
Then I printed off a picture of one of her weavings on fabric, and added her picture onto the fabric by running it through the printer a second time.
|Rhonda, Heather and Kay working on their weaving!|