Hand-woven fabric of cotton, linnen and polyester, and sublimation print.
On Google and Instagram, search terms such as “Bauhaus style”, "Bauhaus table cloth” and “Anni Albers” result in a mix of depictions of original Bauhaus designs and colourful products with geometric shapes - from tote bags to phone covers and entire interiors, selfies taken at exhibitions, and Bauhaus-inspired works by artists, fashion designers and amateurs. A hundred years after the beginning of the Bauhaus, a notion arises that the term “Bauhaus” no longer (only) carries the intended reference to its initial founders, but has taken on an additional, more eclectic meaning due to the characteristics of the Internet. The aforementioned results have been literally woven into a set of kitchen towels, using specific qualities of weaving practice in the tradition of the Bauhaus Weaving Workshop. For a long time, women were only allowed to enter this course. They responded by developing innovative weaving techniques and putting the medium in the spotlight.
The kitchen towels were developed for and presented at the exhibition 'Rethinking Bauhaus', at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, from 8 until 10 November 2019. Photos by Peter Pflügler.