Anni Albers (1899–1994) was a textile artist, designer, and printmaker. You likely know of her husband Joseph Albers, the colorist. No doubt the two inspired each other. I recently ran into a book of Anni’s sketches, each page a sheet of graph paper with a different pattern idea. Most were drawn with pencil, lots of erasing and redrawing. Some were emphasized with color. The plans are a lovely example of how limits (all moves fit within graph paper, or within warp/weft) can result in some brilliant creative responses. Her sketches are quite delightful. Take a closer look at them, and notice how some are not completely regular, but instead have within them little rules, gently broken. A pattern set, and deviated. She reminds me that a pattern does not have to be uniform and consistent. A little change in direction here and there makes it interesting, less rigid. (In a way, these patterns remind me of Patty Haller’s patterns, variations on a theme.) For today’s challenge, make a pattern. Feel free to weave, photo, collage, print, paint, or draw. If you need to print out a piece of graph paper, click here. Take a picture of your piece and add it to this post on our Facebook page. Tag: #salchallenge
The January Creative Challenge: 15 minutes, once a day, for 30 days.