Happy Birthday Anni Albers!! Wife of Josef Albers, Anni was born in Berlin, in 1899, an American textile designer. She studied at the Bauhaus and is considered one of the most influential textile artists of the 20th century. She taught at Black Mountain College and wrote several essays. Her work is said to bridge the gap between art and craft. She approached weaving almost as a sculpture, even using “found” items in her weaving such as rope, cellophane, etc. She took up printmaking late in life and soon was printing exclusively. Josef and Anni traveled extensively and she continued to do so after his death in 1976.