Anni Albers: Born on this day in 1899.

Screen shot 2012-06-11 at 5.56.38 PM3X10 Runner designed by Anni Albers in 1959.

With the belief that aesthetics should be a consideration in every aspect of daily life, Anni Albers joined the Bauhaus as a student in 1922. Though she wanted to be a painter, Albers and other female students, including Gunta Stölzl, were encouraged to join the Weaving Workshop, which included a class taught by Paul Klee. Albers took to this medium enthusiastically, experimenting with new materials for weaving and elevating textiles from merely a craft to an art form.

Looking at her Runner above, one can only imagine how she might frost a birthday cake. Cheers to Anni Albers on this day!