3 channel installation: warping threading weaving drawing from Simon Barker on Vimeo.

warping threading weaving drawing from Simon Barker on Vimeo.

Warping, ,Threading, Weaving, Drawing 2014-15

Digital video 13 min 02 sec

This film was made at the Joseph and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, USA, with artist/weaver Ismini Samanidou. The parts of two 'Structo Artcraft' looms that had belonged to Anni Albers, and been used since her time at Black Mountain College in the 1930s, were repaired and restored to working order by the two artists. The film documents the slow, meditative process of Ismini Samanidou making a Japanese paper thread warp, threading it onto the loom and then weaving.

The film has been exhibited as part of an installation including the film 'Continuous Line', sound piece 'Anni Albers', 20 woven pieces by Ismini Samanidou, including some woven on Anni Albers'looms, and a construction by Ismini Samanidou and Simon Barker 'Heddle Construction', using 600 heddles that had belonged to Anni Albers.

A three channel video installation of this film is currently shown as part of the Anni Albers retrospective at Tate Modern.

It is currently exhibited at MOMA New York.




L'Espace de l'Art Concret, Mouans-Sartous, France
Hanzhou Triennial, China
K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf
Tate Modern, London,
MOMA, New York.