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Renate von Löwis of Menar

Renate von Löwis of Menar Tapestry weaver
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The musicality of tapestries

  • • Renate has created her own Ghiordes knot technique
  • • For her, music has certain colours
  • • She is inspired by Bauhaus style

Renate von Löwis von Menar is happiest when she can create new designs on her looms in her studio in Hamburg. Her daily work schedule can reach 10 hours per day. Renate was introduced to the Bauhaus style of textiles when she was a child by regular visiting Gustav Beck, an artist and art collector. At the time, Beck brought many international artists to Wolfsburg, Renate's hometown. Her fascination with the Bauhaus tapestry not only motivated her to train as a hand weaver, but also led her to create her own designs and even weaving techniques. Another important influence in Renate's work is music and her time as a tour manager in the music industry.

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Works

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Transparency 1

This tapestry appears to have overlapping graphic surfaces. For the graphic elements, Renate used a weaving technique similar to the Ghiordes knot; for the background, she used flat weave. The colours chosen for this work are beige, yellow, and pale pink on white.

Height 115 cm
Width 25 cm

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Transparency 2

The colours and graphic elements of this work are reminiscent of the 1970s. Renate used a Ghiordes knot weaving technique for the graphic elements, and a flat weave for the background.

Height 115 cm
Width 87 cm

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Moss

This work has clusters of balls that resemble something organic like lichen or moss. Renate used the Ghiordes knot weaving technique for the graphic elements, and a flat weave for the background. Several greens and pale pinks are used in this work against a black background.

Height 130 cm
Width 86 cm

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Kleiner roter Punkt

In this work, a small red dot is the focus. Renate used a Ghiordes knot weaving technique for the graphic elements, and a flat weave for the background. The colours chosen for this work are blue, yellow, black and one little red on a white background.

Height 130 cm
Width 86 cm

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The 70ies

The colours and graphic elements of this work are reminiscent of the 1970s. The colour combination is pink and orange on a blue background. Renate used a Ghiordes knot weaving technique for the graphic elements, and a flat weave for the background.

Height 76 cm
Width 37 cm

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