SOFT SCULPTURE SURVEY: GUNTA STÖZLZ / by Britt Howard

5 Chöre (5 Choirs), 1928

5 Chöre (5 Choirs), 1928

German textile artist/designer, Gunta Stölzl (1897–1983) was an integral Bauhaus figure, leading and developing the weaving workshop as the radical art & design school's sole female master. Her complex and beautiful geometric designs were translated to wall weavings, textiles, and furniture. Stölzl experimented with the weaving medium by drawing inspiration from abstract painting and color theory.  She veered away from representational imagery that traditionally had been seen in weavings. Nearly a century later, her designs still maintain a fresh, contemporary vibe. To explore more of Stölzl's work and learn about her incredible life, visit guntastolz.org!

 Slit Tapestry Red/Green, c. 1927/28 (below are watercolor studies for this tapestry)

 Slit Tapestry Red/Green, c. 1927/28 (below are watercolor studies for this tapestry)

One of Gunta's studies for a fabric design

One of Gunta's studies for a fabric design

Portrait of Gunta Stölzl from 1927

Portrait of Gunta Stölzl from 1927

Design for a Jacquard woven wall hanging, 1927

Design for a Jacquard woven wall hanging, 1927