Like many female members of the Bauhaus, Berger was sequestered to the weaving department – a suitably womanly domain. However, Beger distinguished herself as a great innovator with a profound understanding for the materiality, construction and composition of her designs. Known particularly for integrating unorthodox materials like new plastic and celluloid fibers into her work, and being the first woman ever to receive a production patent for her textile designs.
With collections preserved in national museums worldwide, Berger is regarded as one of the great pioneers of textile production and design in the 20th Century.
6mm steel rod manipulated into ladder form, 1.5m approx.
Was disappointed with the final look of this experiment. Though it was great to be down in the metal workshop again, synthesizing something pretty quickly and always good to practicing welding, shaping metal etc.
Perhaps due to the machine-manufactured quality of the starting material, and the mechanical processes I used to bend and shape the rods, instead of looking like an idiosyncratic, whimsical drawing, the steel ladder has more of a bauhaus, European Modernist look about it.
Whereas I wanted to retain the shaky, imprecise quality of the hand drawn line.