“I had access to the Foundation’s archive, which was very special, but essentially, being surrounded by deep forest/nature, and being alone and facing myself was a a very precious experience….”
This past Summer one of Colony’s designers found herself immersed in a residency through the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation. To say this was an honor for weaver Hiroko Takeda, would be something of an understatement.
The Foundation, located on a beautiful woodland site in Bethany, Connecticut serves to further “the revelation and evocation of vision through art.” During her time spent there, Hiroko was able to weave on Anni’s sturdy Structo loom; an experience she credits with bringing her back to basics. She found herself asking whether or not every single weft yarn thrown was right. Weaving is ultimately a very methodical practice and by examining each yarn and the structure it created, Hiroko felt the pieces had a freedom to take shape differently than they may have in her Brooklyn studio.
“…I didn’t make firm plans before the residency and I was out of my familiar environment. So there was a feeling of strangeness, of being no one, of starting over.
After a short time, I said, Okay, I am free here, and this is a chance to start a new life. But in the end, the work I did at the Foundation grew out of ideas that I have been thinking about for a long time.”