Let’s go! Andiamo! Don’t miss COVER magazine’s Forza Tappeti: the Rug Revolution exhibition at the entrance to designjunction’s EDIT at La Pelota during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano. A selection of the designers featured in Forza Tappeti include Christopher Farr and CC-Tapis plus:
Woven in linen and cotton Red Meander was designed by Anni Albers, famed alumnus of the Bauhaus in Germany and founding faculty member at the legendary Black Mountain College in North Carolina. It was she who can be credited with developing and disseminating a revolution in 20th century contemporary textile design and production. But is Meander truly a meander or is it more mythical maze? (Cont)
The word meander calls to mind a loose, loopy gambol not a rectilinear purposeful path. Albers’ pattern recalls labyrinth floors like St Quentin, Chartres Cathedral or the infamous labyrinthos of Greek mythology.
Daedelus designed the labyrinth to cage King Minos’ stealth weapon – the “man-bull” Minotaur. At war with mainland Athens, the island King prevailed and demanded “tributes” of Athenian youth every nine years to feed the Minotaur. Enough was enough. Athens sent Theseus to Crete. He got lucky. It was un coup de foudre when the King’s daughter saw him. Betraying dad, she gave Theseus the secret directions to the heart of the labyrinth. “Forwards, down and never left or right”, and she gave him a ball of yarn to unroll as back-up “map”. Theseus killed the man-bull. Fair fight? No. Theseus had a sword. Poor Minotaur. Trapped his whole life in a maze, no friends, and infrequent feedings. Cruel. (Cont)
Whatever Albers’ influence for Meander, it seems she may have inspired Keith Haring, or is it only your scribe who sees similarities between Meander and Haring’s hip hop graffiti?
Original Anni Albers rugs and textiles are found in private collections, museums and The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Several exemplary contemporary dealers are authorised by the Foundation to sell renditions of Meander. Alan Cristea Gallery sells screenprints, and Christopher Farr sells the rug. Find Farr in London or better still, stop by COVER’s Forza Tappeti: The Rug Revolution exhibition at Edit during Milan Design Week next month to see Meander and more. DJ
If there’s one thing COVER knows it’s moths. Not gorgeous, blowsy cloud forest moths, but the tiny destroyers of clothes and carpets. Your scribe still mourns her Christopher Farr rug. Carefully folded for a period in storage, it emerged with fist-sized holes.
But moths as a metaphor for life and the survival imperative was expressed by Virginia Woolf in her essay “The Death of the Moth” (published 1942), and more recently American new media artist Jennifer Steinkamp borrows Woolf’s title for her animated time based video exhibition at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Steinkamp’s video of the gentle movements of the tattered cloth has the desolate look of a curtain in the glass-less window of a long abandoned house. But it also might be a freedom flag for moths. Yes, it’s true. Steinkamp’s work makes your scribe less hostile to the wee beasties.
Describing how she chose her theme, Steinkamp states on her website, “Kippy Stroud invited me to create a piece for The Fabric Workshop. I was at a party with Kippy and observed her killing a tiny moth. I asked her why, she said because they eat fabric. Somehow the image has stuck with me and I created a piece for the dead moth.”
Do view the video on The Fabric Workshop and Museum website, and hold a thought for moths and other wee creatures. DJ