Humans have carefully woven together materials for millennia. Like other ancient practices, the original intentions – such as keeping the cold at bay – were pragmatic, but what was once a necessity evolved into a creative practice. Marked by its textural elements, weaving is not only expressive but uniquely allows for the passing down of manual traditions that might otherwise be lost to time.
Indigenous American peoples, like the Navajo, crafted magnificent blankets from natural fibers with motifs so enduring they've found their way into countless museum collections. Anni Albers, unfazed by the limitations put on women pursuing art, taught weaving at the famous Bauhaus school that revolutionized 20th-century art and design. In more contemporary times, the AIDS quilt served as a moving memorial to those lost to the disease by demonstrating the interconnectedness of human lives.
The fabrication of rich textiles and embroidery can be a labor-intensive and highly manual process. The tactile nature of weaving makes it a medium that uniquely conveys a level of intimacy and care from the artist to the viewer.