Talk: Gunta Stölzl and Textiles, Royal Academy

On Friday 8 November, Libby will join artist Ismini Samanidou and architect Jane Hall for the RA's final event in the series celebrating Bauhaus women, with a special focus on Gunta Stölzl and her efforts at making the heavily gendered textiles of the weaving workshop compatible with the architectural innovations of her time.


By positioning Stölzl as an innovative precursor to high-tech experiments with weaving, colour and materials, we ask an architect and a designer to speak to the way gendering manifests in contemporary material experiments. We also ask about the extent to which materials and colour have become secondary in today’s design practices.


What, if anything, do contemporary experiments with both owe to early twentieth century luminaries like Stölzl? And what are the structural barriers that contemporary designers continue to share with the women of the Bauhaus?


October 14, 2019